April 23, 2015

Interview: Mariama Carson On Her Proposed Dual Language Charter School

After a 17-year career inside schools, Mariama Carson decided she wanted to build her own from the ground up. Last year the former Pike Township principal was chosen for The Mind Trust's Education Entrepreneur Fellowship to do just that. 

Now, Carson is asking Mayor Greg Ballard's charter school office to grant her a charter for Global Prep Academy -- a school that would teacher both English and Spanish to low-income students. Carson presents her application for sponsorship to on April 29. A final vote on the charter is set for June 2.

If approved, Global Prep would would join three other language immersion schools in the city, but it would be the only charter school and the only one serving the city's Westside.

WFYI education reporter Eric Weddle talked with Carson about how her experiences lead her to propose the school.

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