GreenTek withdraws application for charter school - – Rockford’s News Leader

GreenTek withdraws application for charter school


GreenTek organizers take a step back before moving forward with their goal of creating a charter school in Rockford.

Applying for anything can be a long process and denial is never easy.

For those hoping to start GreenTek, they see the denials as a learning process.

Now they're using that to build a stronger application.

"The administration has submitted a recommendation to deny GreenTek charter school application for the following reasons."

That was in September.  Rockford school board members liked the idea but couldn't pass the charter application on paper.

"How do you measure success, you've been working with this population for a long time, how do you measure success?"

Again, at a public hearing early last month, the Illinois charter school commission challenged GreenTek.

Kerry Knodle just won't take "no" for an answer.  He's withdrawn the charter application submitted to Rockford district 205.

But not for good.

13 News Reporter Matt Groves asked, "Will you ever cave, will there ever be a point where Kerry says, no, I'm done?"

"Personally, no," he said.

A recent meeting with charter commission members proved enlightening for Knodle.  Constant change makes it hard to fine tune what the application should really reflect.

"Have we learned things along the way?  Of course, the law has changed, the methodologies if you will, that operate within this population have certainly grown," said Knodle.

Knodle thinks the application could be ready in as soon as a month.  But there's no need to rush.

He has until August to present the final copy to Rockford board members.

"It is based on their belief about the readiness of a prospective charter school to launch."

Knodle says the charter commission and district 205 board members agree on the need to reach out to drop-outs.

GreenTek just has to sharpen up its presentation.

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