Birmingham Community Charter High School has until May 23 to respond to concerns that it mishandled admissions, expulsions and claims of racial bias as it fights to prevent Los Angeles Unified from retaking control of the campus.
The LAUSD board issued a notice of violations on Tuesday, the first of three steps in revoking the school's charter. As outlined in an April 13 letter from Superintendent John Deasy, the charter faces allegations that include racial discrimination against African-American players on the basketball team, as well as claims that neighborhood children and special-education students were denied admission to the charter...Board member Tamar Galatzan said she wants the school to act quickly to remedy the "very serious" allegations of discrimination and high numbers of expulsions at Birmingham, but also raised concerns about poor communication between the district and the school...In an interview after the meeting, Larry Schapiro, who chairs Birmingham's board of directors, said school leaders were aware of the racial discrimination claims - a federal civil rights investigation is pending - but were unaware of the other alleged violations until they received Deasy's letter...
Birmingham Community Charter High School
“LAUSD issues notice of violations to Birmingham charter school, first step in revoking charter.” LA Daily News (CA), 5/1/2012