Guam charter schools honored in legislative resolution

Guam charter schools were honored at the Legislature today with a special resolution presentation. (PNC photo)

A resolution presentation was held at the Guam Legislature Tuesday to recognize the Guam Charter Schools Council on the observance of “National Charter Schools Week.”

From May 9th to the 15th, Guam’s Charter schools will be recognized for their innovative and imaginative efforts to ensure the well-rounded education of their students.

The island’s charter schools include Guahan Academy, iLearn Academy, SIFA Learning Academy, and Career Tech High.

During the presentation, Guahan Academy Charter School Dean of Elementary Mary Mafnas spoke about their perseverance despite the obstacles that were brought upon them because of the pandemic.

“We started with a plan but then, every two weeks, it would change because of what was going on with the pandemic. But the Board of Trustees and Dr. (Judi) Won Pat as well as all the teachers, we struggled but we made it through, we persevered and I’m sure they’re very happy we’re close to the end. We found out how strong we are. We found we had to go through struggles in order to go through changes but it made us stronger,” Mafnas said.

According to Senator Joanne Brown, Guam’s local charter schools receive funding from an annual appropriation to the Guam Department of Education at a rate of $6,500 per student who is enrolled at a charter school.

In 2013, the Guahan Academy Charter School was the first approved charter school established in Tiyan.