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Independence School Local 1

Updated May 27, 2015
1250 West 36th Street - Baltimore MD - 21211
Type of autonomy arrangement: school charter/bylaws
Basic Profile

Opened In

2007

Grades

9 through 12

Environment

Urban

Type

Chartered
Autonomies
Select leaders
Determine learning program
Select colleagues
Determine professional development
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine whether to take, when to take, how much to count district/EMO/authorizer assessments
Determine tenure policy
Make formal arrangements with district/EMO/authorizer to allow multiple measures in determining school success (not only a mean proficiency score)
Evaluate colleagues
Set schedule
Set staff pattern
Determine teacher workday
Determine school budget
Set school-level policy
Determine compensation
Teacher Authority Is...
De Jure and De Facto
De jure the teachers' autonomy is written into the school's charter, which was approved by the district. It is also written ("more vaguely") into the bylaws of its operator, Baltimore Teachers Network. In the area of selecting leaders, the school's board has de jure authority. De facto, teachers select leaders and board approves. In the areas of transferring or terminating colleagues and evaluating colleagues, a teacher with an administrative credential has de jure authority. De facto, teachers make decisions in these areas and the administrator approves.

About the Learning Program

Independence School Local 1 is organized around experiential learning through internships and field-based projects and around the natural consequences that come from real world feedback on your actions. Teachers and students use the city, the wilderness, and city and local partnerships as instructional tools to link learning with real life.