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Almost 200 enroll in LaMarr Woodley's charter school in Saginaw

  • By Bob Johnson, Saginaw News , August 24, 2018

LaMarr Woodley, was a football standout at Saginaw High School, played at the University of Michigan and had a successful NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. One of his dreams was to give back to his community, and open a charter school focused on developing future leaders.

LaMarr began Woodley Leadership Academy, located in the former St. Stephen School, 1300 Malzahn, will open for students in kindergarten through 6th grade.

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It’s not unusual for public charter schools to experience a few bumps in student bussing when school begins. But this year, it seems that the Columbus City Schools (CCS) has found new ways to create major chaos for charter schools and their students.

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Saginaw High School graduate LaMarr Woodley, who played football for the University of Michigan and Pittsburgh Steelers, is opening a new charter school in Saginaw at the former St. Stephen School.

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Lamarr Woodley opens charter school in Saginaw

  • By Jonathan Jackson, WNEW, May 31, 2018

Super Bowl Champion Lamarr Woodley is tackling education by starting his own charter school in Saginaw. The Saginaw native is taking hi skills off the gridiron and into the classroom. The school is called Woodley Leadership Academy.

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Building leaders motivation behind LaMarr Woodley’s new school

  • By Larry O'Connor, The Detroit News, May 31, 2018

On Thursday, former Michigan All-American defensive end and NFL linebacker LaMarr Woodley, hosted media members surrounded by his mother Janice Staples and father Terry Woodley in the gymnasium at the future home of The Woodley Leadership Academy. The Woodley Leadership Academy will open in the fall for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. The move to launch a tuition-free charter academy fits the profile of an athlete who’s never left his hometown in the rear-view mirror. Woodley has frequently answered the call for Saginaw’s school children. He is community-driven, wants children to have the best chance they can in education and create students that become leaders.

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During the 2016-17 school year, the ACCEL Turnaround Schools performed better than the Cleveland Community Schools and at nearly the same level as the municipal city school district although 99 percent of its students were classified by the Ohio Department of Education as “economically disadvantaged” and the charters spent only $8,500 per student compared to the $21,000 the municipal district expended to get nearly identical results.

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Cornerstone Academy

  • By Accel Schools, Accel Schools, 1/11/2018

Cornerstone Academy is a highly rated, free public charter school open to all students residing in the surrounding area in grades K-8.  The school incorporates a core curriculum and a magnet-like Arts and Technology focus that links core learning with multiple learning styles. Our dedicated students, parents, teachers, staff and administration work together to ensure individual student success.

Cornerstone Academy: Positively IMPACTING Every Child, Every Day. 

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IN 2015, THE EDUCATIONAL landscape in Ohio shifted with the creation of ACCEL Schools (ACCEL). Unlike many educational organizations managing and overseeing charter schools – often called community schools in Ohio – ACCEL did not start with one school and then slowly grow. Instead, the boards of directors of various charter schools across the state asked ACCEL to take over the management of their schools. In just over two years, ACCEL’s portfolio has grown from 22 to 37 schools in Ohio. Among these are nine Turnaround Schools, which before ACCEL were historically underperforming and underserving their students, families, and teachers.

The Turnaround Schools are overseen by Superintendent Mark Comanducci, whose team faced the daunting task of improving schools that had some of the lowest school performance scores, student proficiency rates, and student attendance rates in the state of Ohio.

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Charter Schools Work!

  • By , Ohio Coalition for Quality Education, October 18, 2017

South Columbus Preparatory Academy, a new charter school in south Columbus bringing a powerhouse academic team.

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Good Day Market Place: Columbus Academy of Arts and Technology

  • By , ABC 6, WSYS WTTE, September 6, 2017

School may be in session, but it’s not too late to enroll your kids in a place where creativity thrives. Listen to what Good Day Market Place had to say about Columbus Arts and Technology Academy.

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To turn around schools, first turn around the principals

  • By Mark Comanducci , eSchool News, July 31st, 2017

A superintendent outlines the PD plan he is using to model and support excellence for principals in failing schools.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Several public schools in Cleveland received strong grades on new state report cards this week, even as straight Fs for the city school district wiped out hopes for good news as it campaigns to extend a tax increase that voters passed in 2012.

District schools and charter schools alike scored better than the overall district, and a few received grades worthy of boasts.

Five schools in the new ACCEL charter school chain stood out by earning  A grades for Value-Added, Ohio’s measure of academic progress. Those schools helped students learn much more than expected during the school year.

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