Dynamic Community Charter School’s Board of Directors is disheartened by the ruling on our appeal and will be considering our next steps at a board meeting to be scheduled next week. Due to an illness in a board member’s family, the Board just became aware of the ruling late yesterday. The Board believes this ruling is in error on several grounds including denial of due process and lack of a fair and impartial hearing in front of the State Board of Education Review Panel.
As admitted in recent News & Observer article, the funding structure for special needs students has not changed in our state since 1993. The State Board of Education and the Department of Education were well aware that the alleged projected financial deficit used to justify closure of Dynamic Community exists precisely because our state does not fund our student’s Individual Education Plans (IEPs). Despite this severe underfunding, Dynamic Community Charter School raised over $265,000 in our first and only year of operation and finished the year without a deficit, a fact about which DCCS had submitted evidence to the state.
The overwhelming majority of DCCS parents supported our school and celebrated the many gains made by their students at Dynamic Community. Only two parents complained to the State during the entire school year. The numerous pleas from parents, extended families, and therapists to keep our school open fell on deaf ears. The state’s discriminatory treatment of our parent-created and supported charter school highlights the continuous failure of our state to adequately serve our special needs population.
Dynamic Community Charter School still believes it was denied a fair and impartial hearing in front of the State Board of Education. The state admitted during our hearing that the State Board of Education review panel findings were drafted and revised by non-review panel members days before the review panel actually convened. Moreover, unsubstantiated anonymous complaints were used to revoke the Dynamic Community’s charter. Dynamic Community was not given a chance to respond to these allegations or allowed to know the identity of those complaining prior to revocation of our charter.
Revoking our charter without giving us a chance to respond and disprove false allegations is an action against our system of open government and our constitutional rights. Not one of the anonymous complaintants testified for the state on appeal. By contrast, numerous families testified about the academic, social and developmental successes their children experienced at DCCS compared to their previous schools. Safety concerns were trumped up and DCCS was never allowed to respond. Those concerns pale in comparison to the recorded testimony of parents regarding the treatment of their children at their previous schools throughout our region.
Thank you for your continued support and advocacy for exceptional needs children!
Students, families, faculty and friends of DCCS, please mark your calendar for a DCCS Reunion Sunday, November 6 from 3-7pm. Detailed invitation and sign up sheets will be forthcoming. Suggested donation of $10 per family to cover costs. If you would like to help with reunion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!
Thanks to all of you for your continued support!
~the DCCS Board
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