A closed South Miami-Dade charter school cited for spending public money in questionable ways, not providing textbooks to students and having unsanitary conditions is asking for another chance.
On Tuesday, representatives from Rise Academy will meet with the state's charter school commission to make their appeal to reopen, citing the school's improvement from an F grade to an A in one year.
The controversy at Rise highlights the friction that sometimes exists between charter schools and public school districts. Both receive public money. But charter schools are far less regulated and don't have to follow the rules set by local school boards.
Two months ago, the Miami-Dade School Board voted unanimously to close Rise Academy, citing poor academic performance and serious financial problems. But this month, when school grades were released, Rise was given an A. ``The bottom line is that we did great things for kids,'' principal and founder Gemma Torcivia said.
Records obtained by The Miami Herald tell a different story. In signed affidavits, former teachers said they did not have access to textbooks, and that science, social studies and art were not a part of the curriculum. The bathrooms were rarely cleaned and food was stored in unsanitary conditions, the teachers wrote…