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Aspire Accountability

Each Aspire school in California and Tennessee is governed by Aspire's Board of Directors, and each school strives for the same goal – educational excellence in preparing students for “College for Certain.” Aspire encourages all stakeholders – families, teachers, leaders, staff members, and community members – to participate in and take responsibility for the educational process. Every year, we compile information about our schools into accountability reports that capture progress across various metrics.

We invite you to view these reports on individual school sites.

Title IX

Aspire Public Schools is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education.  Aspire Public Schools (APS) does not discriminate against any student on the basis of disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal Code.

What Is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in education, including K-12 schools. Title IX is a federal law that has been used to promote equity in education by ensuring that girls and women receive equal resources and treatment in the classroom and provides protections for students who are sexually harassed and discriminated against and/or bullied based on their gender.

To understand more about Title IX and your rights, please feel free to visit the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights information on Title IX at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix_dis.html

How Do I File a Title IX Complaint?

Aspire will follow our uniform complaint procedures when addressing complaints alleging unlawful discrimination or concerns related to protections under Title IX. 

Aspire recommends families work with their schools and regional offices when they have concerns and they may file a complaint form with the school site principal.  However, if an individual or family feels uncomfortable going to through the school site, they may file their complaint with the Title IX Coordinator for their region.  A link to our Uniform Complaint Process and Forms is below

Aspire Uniform Complaint Process (106.8 KB)

The following individuals are designated as the Title IX Coordinators/Non-discrimination Compliance Officers for Aspire Public Schools in each of our regions:

Bay Area Schools

Regional Manager of Student Services or Designee
1001 22nd Ave
Oakland, CA 94606
510-434-5000

Central Valley Schools

Regional Manager of Student Services or Designee
3311 E. Morada Lane
Stockton, CA 952-5
209-647-3047

Los Angeles Schools

Regional Manager of Student Services or Designee
5901 E. Slauson Avenue  
Commerce, CA 90040
323-837-9920 

Memphis Schools

Regional Manager of Student Services or Designee
3210 Raleigh Millington Road
Memphis, TN 38128
901-416-5958

Additionally, families may bring their Title IX concerns directly to the United State Department of Education Office for Civil Rights by filling out the following form: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintform.pdf.  Contact information for the Department is listed below:

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100

Telephone: 800-421-3481
FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: OCR@ed.gov  

CDE and Concerned Parent Association

There is ongoing litigation between the California Department of Education and the Concerned Parent Association. A notice issued by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson states, “The lawsuit accuses CDE of widespread, systemic non-compliance by local educational agencies with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504. The CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the litigation.”

The court has ordered CDE to release student and parent information to provide personally identifiable information (PII) – an act that can only be taken as an exception to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). As a result, we are providing notice of the court order and directions to anyone wishing to object.

Please be advised that CDE will notify parents or students of whom are required to disclose information and those individuals may object directly to the court regarding this disclosure using the PDF link below:

http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/form2016jan26.pdf 

http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/form2016jan26-spanish.pdf

Aspire Student Growth Waiver Request

Notice is hereby given that Aspire Public Schools is requesting a waiver to the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) for the requirement to implement teacher and principal evaluation systems based on 'student growth' as measured by state standardized tests. Aspire is accepting public comment on its proposed student growth measures for School Years 2015-16. Please submit all comments to:

Aspire Public Schools
Attention: Ben Crosby
1001 22nd Avenue
Oakland, CA 94606
TIF Student Growth Waiver Letter

Aspire Nutrition

Our policy regarding Aspire's free and reduced-price meal program is summarized below. For more information, please contact any of our school sites for a full copy of the policy.

2017-18 Aspire Public Schools Free and Reduced-Priced Meal Information

2017-18 Aspire Public Schools Wellness Policy

 

School Site Governance

Although Aspire is organized as a single 501c3 with a single Board of Directors, each individual Aspire school has an Advisory School Council (ASC) with decision-making authority over site-based decisions. The Council:

  • acts as an initial discipline review board;
  • addresses school safety issues;
  • reviews parental concerns;
  • determines budget priorities; and
  • sets policies that are unique to the school.

Key documents regarding Board of Directors' calendar, bylaws, agendas, and minutescan be found below.

The ASC consists of the principal, two teachers, two parents, one member of the chartering district’s Board, and one community member at large. The principal is responsible for communicating all ASC policy decisions to the Aspire Board of Directors. An Ombudsman serves as an objective, third party resource for parents or community members who wish to express a grievance to the Aspire organization about a particular charter school. Each Aspire charter chooses its Ombudsman, a respected community leader from each school’s local community. The Ombudsman uses his/her discretion to ameliorate specific parental concerns, and may choose to discuss the problem with the Aspire Board of Directors in serious cases.

Board Meeting Bylaws, Calendars, Minutes and Agendas