Brookly Charter School "Flunks Out"

I'm sure this story represents a rare and extreme exception, but today's NY Post illustrates the worst case scenario presented by the more lax oversight of NYC charter schools. A Brooklyn charter school is going to be only the second to have its charter revoked before it is expired.
According to the article:

Among the concerns uncovered by the state Education Department are:

* Founding principal Sheila Joseph changed her title to "superintendent" and had her salary hiked from $120,000 to $180,000, plus a $20,000 bonus, without explanation.

* The school offered 12 fewer days of instruction than approved in its charter.

* Forty-eight students were discharged in the 2008-09 school year, including seven low-performing third-graders prior to state testing.

Well, getting rid of the lowest performing students is definitely one way to boost your school's scores.


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