New Hope charter plans yet another appeal

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Nov 20, 2013 3:31 AM
New Hope Charter School rally

(York) -- The legal battle over the future of a York City charter school will add another chapter soon. If New Hope is going to appeal its closure notice, it has to come by the end of this month.

The school of about 800 students recently earned the right to stay open through at least the end of the school year. But, now administrators want to push beyond that deadline.

New Hope's Attorney Robert O'Donnell says he'll first file for a stay to prevent closure, while waiting for a decision from the Commonwealth Court.

"We would like to get a decision on that early. In terms of when the Commonwealth Court will act, it's hard to predict. Sometimes they see these cases as having precedential value, and the volume of charter school cases coming up suggests the Court may be inclined to take this quickly and resolve it one way or another."

O'Donnell says the school hopes to raise issues about the merits of the case in the Commonwealth Court appeal.

He argues no issues were raised in annual evaluations of the charter.

York City School District has been trying to close New Hope because of alleged conflicts of interest between the charter's founder and his management company.

New Hope's latest appeal comes after a furious push to stop closure of the school in the middle of school year.

Separately, a group of parents of New Hope students filed a lawsuit against York City School District Tuesday. They allege their students don't have equal protection under the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, arguing York City schools would not be able to adequately educate their children.

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