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New Hope Charter school vows to fight closure

Updated: Wednesday, October 30 2013, 07:17 PM CDT
Reported by: Donna Kirker Morgan

YORK CITY -- A new report on the embattled New Hope Academy says that one of the charter school's founders appears to have made money off of the school.

According to a state report, New Hope Academy pays more than $53,000 per month in rent to a real estate company that is owned by one of the school's founders, Isiah Anderson.

That is one of many concerns listed in the report about Anderson.
Anderson is well-liked by parents and staff of New Hope Academy.

"Yeah he (is a) good man, thank God he don't want the school closed," said parent Juan Fernandez.

Anderson helped start the school in 2007 and is now fighting to keep it open. But a report out by the State Charter School Board of Appeals is critical of Anderson saying, "There is substantial evidence in the record that Anderson has personally benefited from the contracts his companies have with New Hope."

The report says Anderson owns three entities that play a part in the operation New Hope, and over a three-year period, the charter school paid his company more than $5.2 million.

For parents, struggling now with whether to move their children to a new school, this was not comforting news.

"They should be more concerned about educating the youth than worried (about) making a profit," said Frank Wean.

But one parent, who didn't want to be identified, said she doesn't care about the money, she only cares that her child is making progress inside this school versus a city school.

"I chose this school because I like the way the teachers connect with students that's the thing I worry about," she said.

A parent meeting is scheduled for tonight and there is expected to be an announcement.New Hope Charter school vows to fight closure

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