The DOE has decided to close an additional 25 schools over the next couple of years for so-called poor performance. However, they gave a reprieve to a terribly performing Charter school that should have been the first in line to close. This Charter school has a myriad of problems including major violations of Charter Policy and State Law. This school has already seen the Principal replaced in May and the Operations Director this school year. The Charter school is called the New York French American Charter School and is located in Morningside Heights. The DOE, despite finding many different violations, a few of them major, has decided to put the Charter school on probation. Gotham Schools has a more detailed analysis of the DOE report Here.
Major Violations identified in the probation letter are as follows:
- An astounding 60% of the teaching staff are not certified!
- Giving a parent keys to the school despite never being fingerprinted.
- The same parent was found sleeping in the school overnight.
- Missing or inaccurate student attendance records.
- Financial irregularities.
- Operational disarray.
- Lack of books and other classroom materials.
- Poor student discipline procedures.
The school suffers from an inexperienced staff with the majority having no certification and have classroom management issues as a commenter reported on Insideschools.
You would think that with the litany of violations, the DOE would be closing this school. However, because it is a Charter school they fall under different rules and are given many more chances then the public school has.In other words "different strokes for different folks".