Parents rally to save New Hope - abc27 WHTM

Parents rally to save New Hope

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

The multi-purpose room at New Hope Academy Charter School was packed for an event that was part pep rally and part parent night.

School administrators urged parents to fight and contact their elected officials to try to keep the school open for the rest of the year.

"I'll never give up the fight. I'll fight until the end," parent Tamika Rascoe said.

On Wednesday, York Mayor Kim Bracey sent a letter to the governor asking him to help keep the school open.

The charter school is scheduled to close January 15. The York City school board denied New Hope's five-year charter renewal last year, saying it had not lived up to academic expectations or followed state guidelines for operations.

On Tuesday, the state Department of Education denied the school's appeal. School officials said, however, that the fight is not over to keep the school open. They are filing an appeal in Commonwealth Court and a petition to stay the school closure until the end of the school year during the appeals process.

The York City School District said it is preparing to educate the students when they return to the district. More than 800 students attend the school in grades 5-12.

School Board President Margie Orr told abc27 she stands by the state appeal board's decision and argued that fighting it would end up harming students. Orr said she wants New Hope parents to give the district a chance because the district has more to offer.


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