The State Board of Education will consider Thursday whether to shut down a charter school for students with special needs because of concerns about finances, the quality of instruction and safety.
Dynamic Community Charter School in northwest Raleigh has been under threat of closure for months. The school opened last fall and serves 70 students in middle and high school with a range of disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, intellectual delays and anxiety issues.
The state has alleged Dynamic does not properly complete individual education plans for students with disabilities, does not have proper safety measures and does not offer sufficient instruction.
Dynamic “is non-compliant in the provision of a free, appropriate public education for children with disabilities,” the state said in a recent report.
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A review panel on Wednesday recommended the state board vote to revoke the charter on Thursday. Board members did not discuss the recommendation.
The school disputes the state’s findings. In a statement, Dynamic said the state has “persistently and actively worked to shut us down.”
“We stand by our charter school model. However, inadequate and delayed funding, continual harassment and misinformation, and targeted discriminatory actions by North Carolina Department of Public Instruction have made it impossible to move forward as a charter school,” school officials wrote.
The state board initiated plans to revoke the school’s charter in March, but had delayed a final vote while Dynamic tried to address the state’s concerns.
In May, officials renewed their plan to revoke the charter because of new information from a former parent and some staff members. They said the school has not been transparent in its dealings with the state.
Many families have been vocal supporters of Dynamic, saying their children have fared better there than at any previous school. The school has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and had to create a waiting list for next school year after its enrollment lottery.
Dynamic is the only charter school in North Carolina that caters solely to students with special needs.
Amie Gregory, the mother of a ninth-grader at Dynamic, said she would like parents’ opinions to have more weight in the state’s decision.
“I think what they aren’t seeing are the amazing things that are happening at the school,” she said.