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Education Lab Blog

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December 15, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Seattle charter school plan to be public Tuesday

A Seattle charter school’s plan to fix a slew of problems will be made public Tuesday, according to the head of the state commission governing charter schools.

Joshua Halsey, the commission’s executive director, initially said the plan and the commission’s response to it would be available to the public Monday. He said Monday the documents will be published Tuesday.

On Thursday, the commission rejected the school’s corrective action plan, saying it was deficient and submitted late.

First Place Scholars, Washington state’s first charter school, has floundered since school started there in September, losing its special-education coordinator, principal, board president and half the rest of its board. The state commission gave the school until Dec. 10 to prove it could remedy its problems, which included having no qualified special-education teacher for the roughly two dozen students who need those services, and some nonteaching staff who had not completed background checks.

Because it rejected the school’s corrective action plan, the commission will now enter a round of stricter negotiations that could ultimately lead to the school’s closure.

First Place has long operated as a private school for homeless children in Seattle’s Central District, but it expanded from about 40 students to 100 students when it reopened as a charter school this fall.

Comments | More in News | Topics: charter schools, First Place Scholars Charter School, Joshua Halsey

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