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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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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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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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With Controversial Leader Gone, Charter Makes Bid to Stay Alive

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The lawyer for Williamsburg Charter High School, a troubled Brooklyn school that the city’s Department of Education has flagged for closing, made a forceful case at a hearing on Tuesday for keeping the school open.

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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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