Stevenson School of Excellence charter application moves forward


Representatives of the Bryan Allen Stevenson School of Excellence are pictured with with Bryan Stevenson at the "Just Mercy" movie premiere in Rehoboth Beach. From left to right: Dr. Katherine Cauley (BASSE Advisory Board Member), Chantalle Ashford (BASSE Founder and Vice Board Chair), Bryan Stevenson (Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative), Alonna Berry (BASSE Founder and Board Chair) and Dr. Teresa Berry (BASSE Board Member).

Posted Wednesday, February 17, 2021 3:00 pm

By Glenn Rolfe

GEORGETOWN — Aiming to chart an innovative, diverse, service-based course for education in Delaware, the Bryan Allen Stevenson School of Excellence charter application reached the public hearing stage Monday.

In a virtual presentation before Leroy Travers, Delaware Charter School Office lead education associate, BASSE founding members and others voiced support, which they hope will garner Delaware Department of Education approval and an opening in Sussex County for the 2022-23 year.

“Our students need so many more skills,” said Chantalle Ashford, BASSE founder and vice board chair. “BASSE offers the opportunity to combine and innovate on educational practices — International Baccalaureate, service learning. ... They are going to be able to collaborate not only with their classmates but also the community partners … to help create change right now. I think our education system needs to shift in a way that allows all of our students to have access to those kind of life-changing opportunities.”

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