From WRIC (Richmond, VA):
After weeks of heated debate, there’s finally a plan in place for one of Richmond’s most well-known schools.
Binford Middle School will now become an arts specialty and Spring Board college prep school.
Students from all over Richmond will apply to get in but those currently enrolled at Binford will stay.
Opinions on the new plan are mixed.
The original article can be found here: http://wric.com/2014/12/16/binford-middle-to-become-arts-specialty-and-college-prep-school/
Some have applauded the School Board for being decisive and making a decision, fearing that further delays would be detrimental. Other’s are concerned about the long-term implications of bringing in a program that requires students to apply in order to participate.
For some additional perspectives of the SpringBoard Program (created by College Board, the same organization responsible for creating AP exams and SAT tests), see these posts:
1. (2012) – http://www.gilbertwatch.com/index.cfm/blog/statement-against-the-springboard-curriculum-by-lorell-morrell/
2. (2009) – http://tbo.com/news/education-news/2009/mar/06/here-are-some-answers-about-springboard-ar-113144/
3. (2006) – http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/16/education/16collegeboard.html?pagewanted=print