East Village Charter School Sues To Stay Open
Ross Global Academy is being closed as well – deservedly so. Courtney Ross needs to follow Ben Lambert's example. Joe Williams is exactly right:
"We will fight this. It is definitely a civil rights issue, really, that requires review," said the school's founder, Courtney Ross.
Ross started the school in 2006. She is the widow of the former chief executive of Time Warner, which founded NY1. She says the school has had one bad year but should still stay open. In 2009, the Department of Education gave the school an A on its report card. In 2008, it earned a B.
"You wouldn't shutter any school for one year of bad grades," Ross said. "That's like saying to a kid who got two As and an F, you have to leave school. You got expelled."
It's been a bumpy road from the start. The school has moved four times in four years. And Alvarez is the sixth principal in the school's short history. But they're putting down roots in their new East Village home. The space was transformed thanks to a $3.5 million renovation the school paid for in 2009.
…One leading charter school supporter says Ross has had plenty of opportunities to fix its problems.
"We don't really have the luxury of allowing schools that aren't serving kids effectively to remain open. This is a school that has not been doing the job it's been tasked to do for its children," said Joe Williams of Democrats for Education Reform.