Beth Fertig is WNYC’s Contributing Editor for Education. She previously covered politics, which included City Hall during the Giuliani administration, and the U.S. Senate campaigns of Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. She also covered transportation and infrastructure.
Brooklyn Charter School Put On Probation
Friday, September 16, 2011
The city has put a troubled Brooklyn charter school on probation. The operators of Williamsburg Charter High School have been told to end a contract with their charter management company, the Believe Network, because they didn't get approval first from the city.
The school was also told it violated state law by not creating a parent organization, and that some of its board members have a conflict of interest.
The city also expressed concern about the school's financial stability. It's had trouble paying the rent on its new building on Varet Street, which is now up for sale. The school, which has about 850 students according to one estimate, reportedly said enrollment fell and it didn't get as much state money as it was counting on.
The school did not return calls for comment.
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