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LA Unifed set to revoke Urban Village Middle School charter

Vanessa Romo | June 27, 2014

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Urban Village Charter Middle SchoolAnother charter school may be biting the dust.

Urban Village Middle School in Baldwin Hills is likely getting its charter revoked after failing to remedy a slew of violations identified by LA Unified’s Charter Schools Division.

The school board, which will vote on the issue at the regular board meeting on Tuesday, gave the school months to address a long list of infractions and says “it continues to fail to comply with legal obligations and its charter.”

The school is located in board District 1, but the seat for that district remains vacant until the Aug. 12 runoff election between George McKenna and Alex Johnson.

Urban Village opened for the 2013-2014 school year with 68 students, a number far below its target of 200, and was unable to attract more than 13 additional students at any point, according to the district. Nor has the school provided evidence that it will be able to enroll 100 students next year.

The district also said the school has vacated its site and has not offered documentation that it has found a new one.

Beyond those problems, the district says Urban Village failed to comply with or sufficiently refute the following California education code requirements for a district-affiliated charter school:

  • Conduct criminal background clearances for all employees and vendors.
  • Ensure all teachers are fully credentialed and appropriately assigned.
  • Adequately identify and serve English learners and re-designate/re-classify fluent English proficient students.
  • Administer state testing, including the Smarter Balanced field testing.
  • Implement the educational program described in its own charter.
  • Follow conflict of interest laws – the school paid a sitting board member for providing after-school services.

Calls to Urban Village Middle School were not returned.

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