View Full Version : All NYC Charter school in Brooklyn tries to expel student with ADHD

04-24-2011, 10:23 AM
From NY Post (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/charters_nix_of_kids_jXEEhJtQx9eQiGUiD3vInN) by Annie Karni:

He called a classmate a "spaghetti noodle" because she was skinny. And he led the "Rubberband Gang" that launched pellets of paper across the classroom. But now sixth-grader Tyrique Royal, 12, is facing expulsion from Fahari Academy Charter School on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn -- for being a kid.

The school insists it's simply adhering to a strict "no-bullying" policy parents are well aware of, but student advocates say Tyrique's case illustrates the disparity between how charter and public schools handle difficult kids.

In the public-school system, students cannot be expelled if they are under 17, and principals cannot suspend a student for more than five consecutive days.

For serious offenses like dealing drugs or using weapons, a superintendent must intervene to suspend the student for longer. Only two students in the city have been expelled in the past three years -- and both were ousted for reaching the age of 21, a city spokeswoman said.

But charter schools set their own suspension rules and don't report expulsion data -- although experts believe thousands of difficult students are dumped every year to public schools.

A study of eight middle-school charters conducted last year by the United Federation of Teachers found the average attrition rate was 23 percent. Some of those students were held back a grade, but the numbers indicate that many students were forced to leave or were expelled, according to the report.

Tyrique's mother, Ruth Hardy, admits her son is not a model student.

Tyrique has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and his mom hoped the school -- which touts its rigorous academics, character education and structured environment -- would help with his impulsive behavior and concentration problems.

She told the school about her son's diagnosis, and Fahari administrators agreed to work with Tyrique. They assured her that a class of about 25 students had a special-ed teacher and a regular teacher in the classroom, she said.

But this year, Tyrique has spent more time on suspension than in the classroom.

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04-24-2011, 01:53 PM
This is such a tough case. Wow. Thanks for posting.