New Hampshire’s first charter school, Franklin Career Academy, has closed because the local school district refused to pass on state funds of $3,340 per student, defying state law. The school, which served 35 at-risk students in grades 7-12, is owed $77,000. Without funding, the school couldn’t continue. The Portsmouth Herald reports:
Dr. Lyonel Tracy, commissioner of education, agreed there was nothing wrong with the Career Academy or its students.
“The students were doing well,” he said. “There was a good response from the parents and good results from the students. The whole Franklin charter school situation was one marked by adult entanglement and ideological turf wars.”
Local schools “are in their second year of failure to meet Adequate Yearly Progress, and there’s a high dropout rate,” pointed out Bill Grimm, chair of the charter’s board.