2012 EP Graduate School Fellowship Alumna Tameka Jackson is seeking to launch a New East Harlem charter school focused on tech literacy.
Jackson, an administrator at the New Dawn Charter High School in Brooklyn, and a team of educators from across the city are preparing to form VALOUR Charter School, which, if approved by state officials, would serve 720 students in grades 6-12. Of the 11 charter schools in East Harlem, only three serve high school students.
"We picked East Harlem because the numbers there are so appalling as far as the at-risk population in that area. Those are the kids that we want," said Jackson, adding that the school would also aid students with disabilities and English language learners.
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