For Immediate Release: May 5, 2014
Contact: Jessica Mokhiber, (518) 573-0516, email@example.com
Northeast Charter Schools Network Supports Ark Community Charter School’s Decision to File Lawsuit
SUNY Trustees should reconsider closure decision
Albany, NY – The Northeast Charter Schools Network issued a statement today in support of the Ark Community Charter School’s vote to file a lawsuit fighting the SUNY Board of Trustees’ decision to force its closure at the end of this school year.
Northeast Charter Schools Network President Bill Phillips said, “We thought the decision to close the Ark was unfair from the beginning, and we support the decision to proceed with the lawsuit.”
NECSN adds the following points:
*The trustees’ decision put too much weight on 2013 test scores. The Ark is the only charter school in the state facing closure or high-stakes consequences for its results from the baseline Common Core tests.
*The trustees’ decisions are starting to lack consistency. For instance, the Ark met more accountability measures than the UFT Charter School in New York City. (The UFT Charter School did not meet a single ELA accountability measure; the Ark Community Charter School met eight of them.) Unlike the Ark, the UFT Charter School was given a two-year renewal with goals that it must meet or will be faced with automatic closure.
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network:
The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools in the region.
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