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Mass. Attorney General Appeals Ruling on Roxbury Charter School

By Karla Scoon Reid — October 11, 2005 1 min read

Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly is appealing a court ruling issued late last month that allowed a Boston charter school to stay open.

Judge Geraldine S. Hines of Suffolk County Superior Court ruled Sept. 30 that the Roxbury Charter High Public School could continue to offer classes while a court hearing is reopened to allow the school’s leadership the opportunity to present evidence about the school’s financial and academic health.

The attorney general, who had asked the court to force the school to close, appealed the ruling on Oct. 4.

The state board of education voted Sept. 14 to revoke the school’s charter, citing financial and administrative problems. The school’s last day of operation was supposed to be Sept. 16.

But the school continues to hold classes. Cornelius Chapman, a founder of the school, said in an e-mail that it would be difficult for the state to prove that the students are at risk. He said that the latest state test scores show that the school’s 10th graders outperformed their peers attending other schools located in its low-income community, as well those enrolled at several other Boston high schools.

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A version of this article appeared in the October 12, 2005 edition of Education Week

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