NY Charter Schools Group Slams Mount Vernon Board of Education


New York Charter Schools Association president Bill Phillips responded today to a court ruling invalidating Mount Vernon’s Amani Charter School’s charter and he criticized the Mount Vernon Board of Education for its legal actions against Amani.

In a March 28 ruling, state Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi vacated the charter for Amani Public Charter School, saying it was unlawful for the state Board of Regents to reinstate the charter after the court vacated it in the fall.

Amani must now be reapproved again to continue receiving state-mandated tuition payments.

Here is a statement Phillips released:

I am saddened but not surprised the district continues its assault on Amani; if only they would show the same persistence in providing a quality education to their own resident students.

We trust the Regents will continue its proper and principled stance to defend the charter middle school it approved, as Amani provides a much needed, quality public educational opportunity in a troubled, low-performing school district where children deserve better.

This issue has a long way to travel before it is decided; NYCSA stands ready to support Amani’s students, faculty, and board as they proceed with their appeal.


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  1. Typical charter-industry line. The same line of attack is used everywhere – in every state and city – labeling anyone who opposes charters.

    Cities and towns across NY are in for a rude awakening as more vampire charters are built.

  2. You do not live in this city and pay the high taxes and you I am sure is not aware of the under handed manner in which this chapter school came about.

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