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Charters Schools Face Different Rules For Closing

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

While the city’s education department proposed to close or shrink 26 more public schools this year it’s noteworthy that there were no charters on the list. Some critics of the Bloomberg administration claim charter schools are hard to close because the mayor is so heavily invested in their success; others argue that legal obstacles and confusing criteria create a double standard when it comes to closing low-performing charter schools.

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Court Denies City's Revocation of Williamsburg School's Charter

Thursday, June 28, 2012

UPDATED | In a ruling announced on Thursday, Judge Ellen M. Spodek of State Supreme Court in Brooklyn wrote that the city's decision this year to revoke Williamsburg Charter High School's charter, despite having renewed it in 2009, was "arbitrary and capricious" and "not corroborated by any policy, regulation or protocol established by the D.O.E."

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As Year Ends, Students at Williamsburg Charter High Wonder: Will We Be Back?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

City officials announced in January that they were shutting Williamsburg Charter High School in Brooklyn, because of concerns about its management. Court proceedings have stalled the city's efforts, and with days to go until the school year ends, the freshmen, sophomores and juniors who intended to stay on at the school still have no idea whether it will be open in the fall.

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Peninsula Prep Continues to Plan for the Fall Semester

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Queens charter school that the city has been trying to close for months won an extension of its temporary restraining order on Thursday, allowing it remain open until the judge rules on the case, which could take months.

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Judge Rebukes City's Press to Reassign Williamsburg Charter Students

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A hearing to determine whether the city can move ahead with plans to close Williamsburg Charter High School had nearly finished for the day when Andrew Rauchberg, the city’s lawyer, stood up and asked Judge Ellen M. Spodek if the city could start registering its students in other schools. Raising her voice, Judge Spodek told Mr. Rauchberg that the city might consider waiting until next year to revoke the school’s charter if it wanted to aid the students. “If you’re interested in what’s fair for the students, that would be fair for the students,” she said, drawing cheers from the school's supporters.

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New Race to the Top Money Will Support Individualized Teaching

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The federal government will announce on Tuesday that $400 million will go to districts or clusters of districts that can show how they will focus resources on “students facing significant challenges, such as students with disabilities, English learners and students affected by impacts of poverty or family instability.”

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Williamsburg Charter Argues Bias Led to Closing Decision

Monday, May 21, 2012

At a court hearing on Monday, the lawyer for Williamsburg Charter High School tried to argue that the Department of Education’s decision to close the school was biased and riddled with conflicts of interest -- contentions that the city’s lawyer dismissed as a “fantastic hypothesis of conspiracy.”

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Snow Days in June? Check Your Local Listings

Monday, May 21, 2012

Note to public school parents: Adjust your calendars. Though the rains keep coming this spring, the winter was a mild one, and in many schools, two snow days that were never used are being given back to students at the end of June. But there's a catch: after having those two days off, students must come back to school for a half-day of classes, for one final counting of attendance.

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Court Issues Stay on Williamsburg Charter Closing

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Brooklyn charter school won a temporary restraining order on Friday, making it the second charter school this year to successfully resist -- for the moment -- the city’s efforts to close it.

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Believe Charter Network Founder Indicted

Friday, April 13, 2012

The city's determination to close the Believe Charter Network schools came into focus on Thursday when its founder, Eddie Calderon-Melendez, was arrested on 11 felony counts, including tax fraud, grand larceny and falsifying business records.

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City Revokes Williamsburg High School's Charter

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

City officials announced on Tuesday that they will revoke the charter for a Williamsburg high school that opened in 2004 and has suffered from governance and financial problems.

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A Score Card for Changing Schools

Friday, January 27, 2012

Some 62 low-performing public schools in the city have been designated to be closed or otherwise overhauled. Some will be phased out and gradually replaced by new schools, others will be shut at the end of this school year and reopened with a radical change in its staffing in the fall, and four will be left alone on their current improvement paths. Here is an explanation of which schools are affected, and how.

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City and State Move to Shut Down Brooklyn Charter Network

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Three charter schools in Williamsburg, operated by the Believe Network, are slated to be closed after suffering management and financial woes for years. Shutting them down could affect more than 1,500 students, the largest impact of any charter school closings in the city.

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City Seeks to Close Two Charter Schools

Monday, January 09, 2012

New York City's Department of Education announced plans on Monday to close two long-troubled charter schools in Brooklyn and Queens at the end of this school year: Williamsburg Charter High School in Brooklyn, which will see its charter revoked mid-term, and Peninsula Preparatory Charter School in Far Rockaway, which will not have its contract renewed.

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School Closing Announcements Start Thursday

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

UPDATED | Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced Wednesday at a District 2 Town Hall meeting that the Education Department will reveal within the next two days which of the city's struggling schools it will close.

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21 High Schools Identified as 'Struggling'

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

After the release of high school progress reports last week, city Education Department officials identified 21 struggling high schools that, because of their low performance, could be closed or subject to other interventions beginning next year. That brings to 47 the number of schools deemed 'struggling.'

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Brooklyn Charter School Is Placed on Probation

Friday, September 16, 2011

Williamsburg Charter High School has been under investigation by the city attorney for questions of financial mismanagement. Now it has a year to make some changes, the Department of Education has told them.

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