New Hope charter school in York plans to appeal ruling

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Oct 17, 2013 3:03 AM

(York) -- A charter school in York facing a January 15th deadline to close its doors plans to appeal the state's latest decision.

New Hope Charter School serves about 800 students in grades five through 12.

It will now turn to Commonwealth Court, after the state's Charter Appeals Board upheld the 2012 York City School Board's decision to pull New Hope's charter.

Janeya Holley, an eighth grader at the school, says New Hope has given her hope for the future. When she walked into school after the ruling, she greeted one of her teachers in tears.

"I can't even describe how much New Hope has made me into a better person than I was last year. I have friends, people who are there for me, the staff is always there for me. I don't know what I would do if it got shut down."

New Hope's charter was revoked after questions were raised about it's relationship with founder Isaiah Anderson's businesses.

"We're talking about a financial statement that wasn't filed in 2007. We're talking about an admission policy about whether 10 students can get into school on the tenth day of school . We're talking about minor infractions, they're not material infractions," said Anderson.

Anderson's company 3Cord charges New Hope a 15 percent management fee every year and receives half of any surpluses at the school.

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