Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Citizens of the World Charter Run By Eva's Husband May Close Due to Low Enrollment

Goodbye Eric (Grannis), good bye Eric
We're happy to see you go 
(even though we don't believe the State Ed Charter Suck-Up Center (CSUC) would ever close a charter even if it had 1 kid left.)
We have always said that so-called demand for charters is a mostly homg grown Charters can be beaten back when the community organizes. A UFT official told me at the DA today that Roy Mann MS in Brooklyn had a massive outpouring against an Eva invasion last night I believe. Contrary to Eva plastering the neigborhood with signs, the entire area was covered with notices to attend the hearing. The principal had to open a spillover room. Let's see how this one plays out. De Blasio would have at most a month to rescind the

Eric Grannis and pals trolled for rich people to send their kids to a "free at public expense" charter by courting the high rises in North Williamsburg, where the dough flows. But even though we know how cheap so many rich are but when it comes to their little darlin's going to school Eric's Citizens of the World just didn't seem to cut it. I taped a bunch of hearings around COTW and they found very few parent supporters in a sea of parents opposed. But would I be surprised to see the school kept open by hook or by crook? After all, "The school projected an enrollment of 126 students, but only 65 students were enrolled as of Oct. 1, documents show. Additionally, only three of its students lived in the neighborhood where the school is located, documents show."

Can't you just see the ultimate in chutzpa? Where they claim the poor kiddies should not have their school closed but were always perfectly happy to crow about how good it was to close schools.

GREENPOINT — A new elementary charter school that fought hard to attract kids from wealthy white families is in danger of closing after it has enrolled just half its projected number of students, DNAinfo New York has learned.
Citizens of the World charter school, which opened on Leonard Street this fall, must prove significant enrollment increases and submit a new budget plan by Oct. 20 to avoid probation and potential closure, a state official said.
The school projected an enrollment of 126 students, but only 65 students were enrolled as of Oct. 1, documents show. Additionally, only three of its students lived in the neighborhood where the school is located, documents show.
Citizens of the World representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Last year, a spokeswoman said the school provided an important "choice" for local parents and that a North Brooklyn group had asked the school to open.
Citizens of the World's enrollment is allowed to fluctuate 20 percent above or below its target if it remains financially stable, said Catherine Kramer, director of charter school information for the SUNY Charter Schools Institute.
"The school must, by Oct. 20, provide updated enrollment figures and a budget indicating the school can operate in a fiscally and educationally sound manner based on the enrollment figures as of Oct. 20," Kramer said, noting the school was already using a "corrective action plan" to which the school's board agreed.
"If the Institute does not find the school's plan sound, it may recommend the school be placed on probation... possibly as early as Oct. 28."
If placed on probation, the Citizens of the World would have to meet further requirements that Kramer did not specify. Its charter would be revoked if it failed to comply.




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