Erie Rise Leadership Academy Fights to Keep Charter


MAY 7, 2014-- The Erie Rise Leadership Academy’s charter with the Erie School District ends June 30th. While the school boards solicitor says its charter should not be renewed, the Academy is trying to fight back. School board officials reported that they found sufficient reason to consider the non-renewal. The board voted unanimously in April to issue the notice of non-renewal after recommendation from the district’s solicitor and an audit by the Auditor General. Erie School District officials say the charter school reportedly broke several laws including the charter law, state laws, federal laws and the sunshine act. They say the school also broke its own charter application and guidelines. Hundreds came out to a public hearing tonight, where the school districts solicitor presented information supporting the findings. The solicitor reported 43 exhibits of how the charter school violated different laws and reported why it should not be issued a renewal. The charter school had its lawyer on hand to respond to the solicitor’s findings. He pointed out to the board that even though the solicitor recommended it not renew with the charter school, it doesn’t mean it has to. The charter school also had staff, parents, students and supporters at the meeting to give their side and show the board why they should keep the school funded. Greg Myers, the founder of the charter school, says he believes this comes down to a money issue. Myers says if they fail to get the approval of the board then they will take it to the state charter school hearing. After tonight’s hearing the school board has 30 days to continue to hear from the public before making a final decision. 

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