“The plaintiffs present considerable evidence to the effect that the Board and the Commissioner blatantly ignored and violated state law when granting the GCA charter for political reasons.” (p. 3)
“There is a strong factual showing that the Commissioner, despite his affidavit to the contrary, did not perform his own independent evaluation of the GCA application but, to the contrary, ignored the state regulations and caved into political pressure to recommend the project to a Board eager to approve at least one charter application regardless of its merit.” (p. 7)
“Any student who chooses to attend GCA will be aware of the inherent uncertainty involving the next academic year.” (p. 8)
While he didn’t grant the preliminary injunction as hoped, his reasoning was that the balance of harms – this year – weighed in favor of the recently hired teachers/staff and the landlord who has invested heavily in the site reconstruction (more on this in a bit) — but come January the court would be inclined to revisit such an injunction as the budgetary preparations for the next year are begun and the cascading fiscal effects on our children’s education will begin to be realized.
The strongest and best news is that we will have our day in court to argue the merits of this case which are not, as some would like to paint them, simply an argument for or against charter schools — but rather a case about whether government officials are permitted to violate their own regulations and statutes to pursue a political agenda (See Reville email in past posts) — any school that was qualified and properly vetted would certainly not be as Reville suggested, “a tough but necessary pill to swallow.”
See also the GDT story:
As for the facilities: The school was slated to open on Aug. 31, but because they still do not have a facility ready and are unable to receive their fluctuating number of students, they are hoping the DESE gives them yet more slack allowing them to open at least a week later — just how much rope does a group who should never have been allowed to move forward get?
I’m posting GDT stories because the Globe continues in its obsequious efforts to paint every misstep by charter proponents as a tactical achievement…. at some point their inner Edward R. Murrow is going to awaken and shame them into more objective – or at least balanced – coverage…