THE NEW PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL IS THE CULMINATION OF ONE MAN’S DREAM TO HELP CHILDREN ENTER THE AEROSPACE WORKFORCE.
The ongoing pilot shortage has energized the conversation about how to best fill the need for aviation professionals. Airlines are ramping up recruitment efforts, raising salaries, and even opening-up their own flight academies in the hopes of filling staffing gaps. While tapping into the existing pilot pool is important, some educational institutions are focused on cultivating a new generation of aviation professionals. The team at Alabama Aviation and Aerospace High School (AAHS) has taken on that challenge.
TWO NEW ALABAMA CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE OPENING THIS SCHOOL YEAR ALONG WITH TWO CONVERSION SCHOOLS PREVIOUSLY RUN BY MONTGOMERY COUNTY THAT WILL REOPEN AS CHARTERS.
Public charter schools are tuition-free, privately managed public schools. Currently, Alabama has two types of public charters: Conversion charter schools are existing public schools that are converted into charters and have independent school boards, and start-up charter schools are new public schools established by a non-profit organization.
ALABAMA AEROSPACE AND AVIATION HIGH SCHOOL (AAHS), A NEW, FREE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL DEDICATED TO EDUCATING THE AVIATION AND AEROSPACE LEADERS OF TOMORROW, IS SET TO OPEN ITS DOORS ON AUGUST 22.
The aviation-focused public charter school curriculum will be aligned to meet the industry standards. In addition to hands-on, experiential instruction, AAHS will provide clearly-defined pathways for students to enter aviation and aerospace careers.
WHEN ALABAMA ENACTED ITS CHARTER SCHOOL LAW IN 2015, DID STATE LEGISLATORS EXPECT THERE TO BE ONLY SEVEN ACTIVE CHARTER SCHOOLS STATEWIDE SEVEN YEARS LATER?
In 2015, SB45, more commonly known as the Alabama School Choice and Student Opportunity Act, passed both chambers on partisan lines, with zero Democrats voting in support of the bill. The Act created the Alabama Public Charter School Commission (APCSC) which intends to provide all children in the state with high quality education outside of the traditional public school setting.