D.C. Rejects BASIS Charter’s Expansion Plan

Very strong connections to the Rodel Foundation, but in Arizona. The “specific interest” part of enrollment preference rears it’s ugly head yet again. Are you listening CSW?

Diane Ravitch's blog

The D.C. Charter board turned down a request by BASIS charter school to expand. The board was concerned about attrition. BASIS said it needed more revenue.

The interesting parts of this story:

1. Charters were supposed to meet the needs of at-risk students. BASIS requires students to pass AP courses.

2. The school keeps the tuition if the students return to public schools. “The city’s funding rules allowed BASIS to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in per-pupil allotments for the students it lost after Oct. 5, while the schools that received those students got no additional money.”

3. The school’s rent is going to nearly double next year. Somebody is cleaning up with public money. “The BASIS lease was structured so that this year’s rent, about $1.1 million, will nearly double next year to $2 million.”

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