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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Federal Civil Rights Complaint vs Success Charter Academy's Systematic Violation of Disabled Students' Rights


credit: NY Times
Success Charter Network, founded by Eva Moskowitz, is now facing another investigation. We firsta FERPA complaint by Fatima Geidi to the US Department of Education on Eva Moskowitz's violation of student privacy by releasing a student's disciplinary records in October. Yesterday, it was announced that SUNY, the charter chain's authorizer, is investigating the Success Network's disciplinary and suspension practices, including the infamous "Got to Go" list first reported by the NY Times.
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Now  parents of 13 special needs students,. along with Public Advocate Letitia James and City Council Education Committee chair Danny Dromm, have filed a formal complaint with the Civil Rights division of the US Department of Education..

Some of the claims include refusing disability services required by law to the students, and harassing parents to force their children to transfer out of the charter chain into public schools. You can read more in this article by Juan Gonzalez here.

From the complaint, it is apparent that Success Academy's systemic violations include pushing students out via repeated suspensions, many times without due process and without reporting them as such, holding them back, denying them services, and shaming them.

You can read the full complaint below.

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connectedu said...

Thank you. Just re-shared on "Charter Schools & Choice: A Closer Look: http://bit.ly/chart_look

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