Charter board considers closing N.E. school
The D.C. Public Charter School Board will meet in emergency session at 6 p.m. Friday to consider revoking the charter of Young America Works, a seven-year-old vocational high school in Northeast. Revocation could close the school permanently at the end of the academic year.
Board communications director Nona Richardson said the school has been under increasing scrutiny for the last couple of years because of issues with truancy, student safety and poor academic achievement. "It seems evident that the situation is not improving, and given recent incidences of violence and ongoing disruptions at the school, board members felt they needed to act immediately," Richardson said.
A phone message to Young America Works founder and executive director Brenda Williams was not returned Thursday evening.
Three charter schools closed during the 2008-2009 school year because of academic or financial problems. City Lights, a school for special education students, and Barbara Jordan, which served grades five through eight, folded voluntarily. MEI Futures Academy, a boarding school for teenage mothers, had its charter revoked.
Read the charter board's full statement here.
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