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April 18, 2012

Teachers to vote on Tilton School change

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"We should imitate what we know works, and that's the KIPP schools," Fiorentini said of the schools, which stands for Knowledge is Power Program.

Scully asked the committee to give Tilton a chance to work out the plan, which he said has taken a lot of time and effort.

Committee President Susan Danehy said Tilton is now "under the microscope" and is "breaking new ground.'' She encouraged committee members to tell Maranto about any changes or "tweaks" they want to make to the plan prior to the May 10 meeting.

If Tilton becomes an innovation school, students would still register through the normal process and there would be no lottery for available seats such as what takes place at Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School and Hill View Public Charter School. The school day and school year would mirror the district's, as would the curriculum, which follows the state curriculum frameworks.

"No matter the outcome, this process has been positive and energizing for the staff," Maranto said. "We've created an environment where teachers are comfortable to challenge everyday instruction, and make decisions that are right for the students in front of them."

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