Dynamic Community Charter School, the first charter school in North Carolina specifically serving students withexceptional needs, is deeply shocked and saddened by the recommendation of the review panel for revocation ofour charter by the State Board of Education. The decision was announced yesterday without discussion or report. Despite the fact that our parents and students stand in support of our school and the academic, social and developmental progress our students have made this year, the State has persistently and actively worked to shut us down in our first year of operation.
Our school was conceived by parents, educators and concerned citizens as a way to better educate our exceptional students. Despite the extraordinary external pressures in this first year, we built a vibrant and dynamic community where our students feel accepted and supported and support each other. We stand by our charter school model. However, inadequate and delayed funding, continual harassment and misinformation, and targeted discriminatory actions by North Carolina Department of Public Instruction have made it impossible to move forward as a charter school.
Earlier this month, state personnel sat in on classes and interviewed our students in direct violation of their civil rights. The latest actions include taking new allegations to the State Board of Education in closed session on two separate occasions without giving Dynamic Community notice of the allegations or a chance to respond. We categorically deny the charges that we operate in an unsafe manner. We have a workable model that is sensitive to the needs of our students and addresses their behaviors, allowing them the opportunity to get back into the classroom as quickly as possible.
Our parents have told us stories of their children experiencing unexplained bruises, bullying and outright abuse including unnecessary, prolonged restraints in the traditional public schools. Many of our students were repeatedly suspended or sent home when their previous schools could not control their behaviors. There are no such allegations against Dynamic Community.
It is incredulous that the State can question whether we are properly serving these students under federal law when our parents report years of lip service towards IEP goals at their previous school without progress. Our parents report that they are now valued members of their students’ IEP team and that they are happy with IEP implementation and their students’ progress.
Our students deserve the opportunity to continue to learn in a school where they are happy and growing. The State has repeatedly expressed that parents’ feelings about Dynamic Community Charter School and their children’s progress are not relevant. The parents are part of the IEP team and their thoughts and judgments are quite relevant. Why has the State rushed since December to shut down a school where the students are thriving? Where can you find another school where the vast majority of special needs parents are fighting alongside the school instead of fighting against the school?
Whether the actions of the State were based on a lack of understanding of our model and its successes or a more outright effort to stop our school is a question the State must ultimately answer.
Dynamic Community Charter School students are learning and growing despite the actions to close our school. To read more about Our Story click here.
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