Beth Fertig is the contributing editor for education, covering the New York City public school system for WNYC on air and online at SchoolBook.org. She has covered education in the city for more than 15 years. Beth is the author of Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test (FSG Books) which grew out of a radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students. Follow her @bethfertig.
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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