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Friday, December 24, 2010
Ross Global Charter: In Battle Over NYC Charter School, It's Heiress vs. Parents
"Out of the 1,470 schools in New York city, this school is 1470. it is officially the worst school in the city," says Davids.
The New York City Department of Education agrees. They've recommended that Ross Global Academy's charter not be renewed for another five years. But the rich widow who started the school is using her big money to try to stop that from happening. She's hired a legal team and has been lobbying the Board of Regents to give her another chance. Davids, and other parent advocates, are saying: Not so fast.
"The students are fleeing. The teachers are fleeing," says Davids. "They're on their seventh principal in 5 years."
It's no secret that the school is bad. But that hasn't stopped creator Courtney Ross from fighting its closure.
"She's hired a law firm in Albany to represent her, and also hired a litigation firm in the city. About a week ago, she and the board of trustees met with Chancellor Klein to tell them not to shut down the school," says Davids.
But the parents in New York Charter Parents Association are saying enough, and demanding that the New York Board of Regents to shut down the school, despite Ross' high priced lobbying to keep it open. They created a petition on Change.org to let the Regents and the Charter school office know that these kids need better educational opportunities.
"If this charter is to remain open, if [Ross] is able to bully the education department, this will destroy the premise of charters - that students deserve the best educational choices," says Davids.
When scarce resources go to funding and space for a poorly-performing school, it not only hurts the kids in that school, but it hurts the entire New York City school system by sapping money that could be used to better educate children. If the city wants to continually shut down poor-performing regular public schools, than they should do the same with lousy charters.