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Schenectady charter school may learn fate tomorrow

The International Charter School of Schenectady may learn its fate as soon as Tuesday, but the publi
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The International Charter School of Schenectady may learn its fate as soon as Tuesday, but the public may not know for several more weeks.

Cynthia Proctor, director of public affairs for the Charter Schools Institute, said Monday that a report could be completed by Tuesday or Wednesday that will either recommend a renewal of the school’s charter for two to four years or recommend against extending the charter, which means the school would close at the end of the school year in June.

The report will be sent to the school’s Board of Trustees for its review and comment, Proctor said, but the institute’s recommendation will not be released to the public. The public may not learn of the recommendation until a final decision on the charter is made by the State University of New York’s Board of Trustees. That action is expected to come at the board’s March 11 meeting.

In the meantime, Proctor said, school officials will have an opportunity to change the institute’s mind if the recommendation is against renewal.

“The school would have an opportunity to have the institute staff come to the school, where they would present us with additional information in support of changing our draft recommendation,” she explained. “They would also have an opportunity to appeal to the Committee on Charter Schools, either in writing or in person.”

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