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UFT Charter School gets 5-year renewal

The UFT Charter School in Brooklyn won unanimous approval from the SUNY Charter Schools Committee on Feb. 13 for a five-year renewal of the high school’s operating charter.

In its review, SUNY described the UFT charter as an “academic success.”

“It is heartening that SUNY officials recognized the talent and passion we bring to this work,” said Evelyn DeJesus, the UFT vice president for education and chair of the UFT Charter School Board of Trustees. “We hope to build on this success and continue to improve.”

The SUNY report lauded the East New York school’s 83 percent graduation rate in 2016–17; early warning systems to identify students at risk of failure; extracurricular activities and community service opportunities; improvements in student performance in English language arts; and supports for students, including English language learners and students with special needs.

While acknowledging the school’s success working with English language learners and students with disabilities, the report indicated room for improvement in recruiting more such students. DeJesus said the school has created stronger ties with area middle schools to improve recruitment. In addition, the school created a recruitment task force involving school board members to increase outreach to families with children with special needs.

The school, which opened in 2005, serves 320 students in grades 9–12.

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