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Troubled Charters
February 22nd, 2010

The controversial New York City Charter High School for Architecture, Engineering and Construction will not be moving into the Alfred E. Smith High School building after all, the Daily News reports.

The school has been the subject of scrutiny — and critical press reports — over the past weeks. (For more go here and here. The charter’s founder is under indictment, and two of its current or past board members hold powerful positions at the city Department of Education — which originally decided to give the charter the coveted space. Smith is being phased out.

The move comes as the city Panel on Educational Policy prepares to vote Wednesday evening on placing more charters in Department of Education buildings and amid increased scrutiny of publicly funded, privately operated charter schools (For more on the current debate over charter schools, see Gotham Gazette’s Charter Schools Enter Uncharted Waters.)

Meanwhile another charter has attracted controversy, the time the Ross Global Academy. Now in the East Village, the school, gave the school space in its own Tweed Courthouse, until Ross moved into its current quarters in September.

The school was created by Courtney Sale Ross as the free urban sibling of the posh, new age Ross School in East Hampton.

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