Charter School Accused Of More Safety Violations

Based on how the hearing goes, Williams could seek to close the school permanently. With about 900 students enrolled, Children First has one campus in southeast Oak Cliff and another in Houston. Both have been closed since Monday, after an earlier state investigation found that 17 employees had not been put through criminal background checks. State law bans certain convicted criminals from working in public schools. Tony Diaz, an Austin lawyer representing Children First, said the school did everything the state had asked and hoped to reopen soon. He said he was saddened and disheartened that Williams ordered a new investigation Friday. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Charter schools experience first-year growing pains

Bridges eventually became something other than a replacement for the neighborhood school, however. It adopted a Paideia curriculum, in which teachers match their instruction to a student's learning style, and it's conducting classes at the Beaufort Boys & Girls Club and the Charles Lind Brown Activity Center on Boundary Street until it settles on a permanent home. Even before the school opened, there were instances of friction among its leadership. The executive director of the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina, Mary Carmichael, told Calvert in April that she thought he and then-board chairman Ivie Szalai should resign because their disagreements were stymieing progress. Szalai stepped down, but Calvert didn't, Carmichael said. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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