Parents mostly positive about new charter school partnership

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Parents of charter school students attending Academie Lafayette generally say they're excited about a partnership with Southwest Early College Campus. The plan would allow Academie Lafayette to provide high school level classes, and would mix district students with their charter school counterparts.

After the meeting we were unable to find any parents from this school who were not satisfied with what they're hearing about plans for the partnership of this high school, only anticipation.

We were told that our cameras were not allowed inside because this was not a public meeting, but rather one for parents to get their questions answered. We were able to sit in on part of the meeting and speak to the parents afterwards. Some of the parents and one student we heard from are excited there have been concerns about safety and about the high schools proposed entrance exam.

Some worried that it will be crafted in an attempt to keep Southwest Early College Campus kids out the school, but the vice chair of the board says that's not so.

"It requires that students enter with a certain level of information and competency to be able to compete, so that might limit students from any school not just SWECC, but even from some of the private schools possibly," said Marvin Lyman with Academie Lafayette.

We're hearing that the entrance exam will be similar to that of Lincoln Prep. As for the safety concerns, we were told that an architect team is looking at any issues that might create safety concerns. Bringing sports to the new high school was also discussed, though it's not clear if an athletics program would be available by the time classes start.

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