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Yuma charter school opts for cubicles, not desks

This photo provided by Ephrata Police Department shows Jonathan Michael Steffy. The Ephrata, Pa., Police Department posted on its Facebook page that officers were searching for a Steffy last Nov. 2016 over an outstanding bench warrant. They found the 23-year-old in a backyard but he fled. As they searched the area, one officer noticed a black cat in a nearby yard staring intently at a shed. The officer opened it and found the suspect. (Ephrata Police Department via AP)

A Yuma charter school looks a lot more like an office than a classroom.

According to The Hechinger Report, Carpe Diem Collegiate High School and Middle School has 226 pupils who sit a a cubicle with a computer when they go to school and are permitted to move at their own pace.

“We’re going against hundreds of years of ‘That’s the way it’s always been done,’ ” says Chet Crain, the school’s dean of students.

Despite its irregular format and receiving less funding than a tradition public school, Carpe Diem’s reading and math scores are better than the state average.

Several charter schools are keeping a close eye on Carpe Diem and may switch to the cubicle format should it prove to enjoy long-term success.

However, some critics feel the school only prepares its students to perform on standardized tests and graduate high school.

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