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Ithaca’s ‘New Roots’ School Placed on Probation for Charter Violations

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An Ithaca charter school that also serves 19 other area districts has been placed on probationary status by the SUNY Board of Trustees for violations related to “low enrollment, fiscal mismanagement, and admitting students outside of the permissible grade range.”

Details were sent in a memorandum dated October 18 from Chairman Joseph Belluck to members of the SUNY Charter Schools Committee, in which a decision was made to reprimand New Roots Charter School (NRCS) at 116 North Cayuga Street.

The official state resolution now implements a remedial action plan the school must follow to avoid being subject to charter revocation, pursuant to New York Education Law § 2855.

If the school fails to strictly abide, it could have its charter revoked.

Additionally, while under probation the school is ineligible for state and federal grants.

Several public meetings are planned over the coming weeks at NRCS to discuss the issue :

Monday, December 30, 2019 – NRCS Board of Trustees meeting
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
PLACE: Clinton House lobby

Thursday, January 9, 2020 – Family Action Committee meeting
TIME: 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Clinton House lobby

This meeting will feature a comprehensive report on current financial projections.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 – NRCS Board of Trustees meeting: 
TIME: 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
PLACE: Clinton House lobby

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