Thursday, June 24, 2010

One and Done: Nampa Classical Academy's Charter Pulled

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Idaho's Public Charter School Commission has yanked the charter of the Nampa Classical Academy, after only one year of operating. The academy spent the better part of its freshman year debating the use of religious texts, bot it was the school's dire financial straits that led to their doom. This morning, the state commission voted unanimously to revoke NCA's charter for "failure to demonstrate fiscal soundness." An independent report to the commission says NCA finished its school year with a deficit of $140,000 and is expected to have another deficit of $140,000 in its next fiscal year.
75 teachers and parents filled a conference room at the JR Williams State Office Building in Boise this (Thursday) morning to hear NCA Board Chairman Terry McMasters ask the state commission for "grace and mercy."


The meeting got underway at 8:20. By 9:00, the Nampa Classical Academy's charter was revoked. Immediately following the vote, NCA board member Erik Makrush shouted "It's a bad day for charter schools," and stormed out of the room, with school administrators, teachers, and parents in tow. In the hallway, parents held up a big poster board, showcasing approximately 500 students who attended NCA this past school year.

Board member Makrush says Nampa Classical Academy will appeal today's decision to the Idaho Board of Education, but admitted, "we can't survive without the charter and the funding that comes with it."

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