Officials have strong words as Pennsylvania charter school fight gets ugly
- Some elected officials had harsh words Thursday for the York City School Board regarding its battle over the status of New Hope Academy Charter School, with the city's mayor accusing the district of "fiddling while Rome is burning" and "trying to bludgeon (students) back into the school district" at a press conference including parents, students and other Pennsylvania officials
- The school board denied the renewal of New Hope's charter over summer--citing issues with academic performance, charter violations and conflicts of interest--and New Hope filed an appeal Monday despite the board's insistence that they missed a 30-day deadline.
- New Hope officials said that charter school law does not define a deadline, and the school's future is now in the hands of the state charter appeal board.
From the article:
Friday, October 5, 2012 The battle over the status of New Hope Academy Charter School drew harsh words from some elected officials Thursday, including York Mayor Kim Bracey, who accused the district of "fiddling while Rome is burning." The school district and the charter school are at odds over the status of the New Hope's charter. The school board denied its renewal over the summer, citing issues such as academic performance, charter violations, and conflicts of interest. ...
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