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As charter school fights to stay open, city schools brace for influx of students

Updated: Wednesday, October 30 2013, 10:05 PM CDT
Reported by: Donna Kirker Morgan

YORK CITY -- As parents of students at New Hope Charter Academy prepare to move forward with their appeal to keep their school open, the York City School District is preparing for those students to be re-enrolled in the city's school district.

Students from the failing charter school in grades 5 through 8 will attend the Hannah Penn K through 8 middle school, which will be re-opened to accommodate them. Students in grades 9 through 12 will attend the William Penn High School.

A performing arts school will return to the William Penn Senior High School in the near future, after new instructors are hired, because the charter school stressed performing arts. 

Beginning in January 2014, the district will offer a cyber school option to students from New Hope. The cyber option would provide students with a computer for home use at no cost to the parent, access to the teachers, and an ability to attend school social functions.

"It is our intention to move forward now with this plan because it is our responsibility to do so," York City School District Superintendent Eric Holmes said.

Steve Mitchell, president of the board of New Hope Academy Charter School, released this statement: "Our school has made improvements continually over time and no one is more committed to putting students first than us. We've achieved a 91 percent graduation rate and an 84 percent college acceptance rate—these numbers don’t lie.

"CAB and the School District of the City of York are failing our city's families with contradictions, distractions and politics. Many of our students left a failing school that was unsafe, lacking necessary support and programs, including support for students with special needs.

"New Hope provides a safe and supportive environment before, during and after school for all students, and parents thank our school and its teachers every day for the changes in their children's lives. There is no way we'll give up on these kids, our staff or our community. We will appeal. And we will fight to stay open. We are tired of the school system politicizing education and putting our city’s children in the middle."
As charter school fights to stay open, city schools brace for influx of students

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