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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Contact:Heidi B. Perlman 781-338-3106

Board of Education Takes Final Vote to Revoke RCHS Charter

MALDEN - The Board of Education unanimously took a final vote on Wednesday to uphold their December 2004 decision to revoke the charter of Roxbury Charter High School.

According to the motion they approved 7-0, the school will hold its last day of instruction for students on Friday, September 16. The school opened for the 2005-2006 academic year on Thursday, September 8. Officials have not provided a complete list of students to the Department, but estimate they have approximately 90 students enrolled.

The school’s charter will remain in effect as long as necessary beyond Friday to complete all required closing procedures and activities.

The state’s Charter School Office will work closely with Boston officials to see that all of the charter school’s students are enrolled in the Boston Public Schools as quickly as possible.

In December 2004 the Board voted to revoke the school’s charter, citing serious financial and administrative concerns. At the time the Board agreed to allow the school to remain open until the end of June to both ease the transition for students, and give parents time to find options for their children for the 2005-2006 school year.

School leaders initially requested an adjudicatory hearing as the law provides, but then chose to first return to the Board on May 24 to ask them to reconsider their December decision. The Board declined their request, and the school then proceeded with the adjudicatory hearing. The seven-day hearing took place in June, and the hearing officer’s initial decision was filed on Aug. 8.

The Roxbury Charter High School for Business, Finance and Entrepreneurship was granted a charter by the Board in 2002 and opened in September 2003. The Board’s decision to revoke the charter was made based on strong evidence that the school was not financially viable and did not have a strong enough governance and administrative structure to provide sufficient oversight to the operations of the school.

Last Updated: September 14, 2005
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