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04-29-2011, 10:00 AM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/20110429/lower-east-side-east-village/shuang-wen-official-speaks-out-about-his-departure) by Patrick Hedlund:
The former head of a nonprofit group that oversees the after-school program for a popular dual-language public school has defended his tenure, saying his school only started charging for an after-school program after city funding dried up.

Winston Chow, executive director of the Shuang Wen Academy Network which runs the after-school Mandarin-language program for the Shuang Wen School stepped down from the post amid a Department of Education probe into the school's practice of charging $1,000 per student to take part in additional after-school language instruction.

Chow told DNAinfo his departure had nothing to do with the investigation, but rather his acceptance of another job and a desire to leave the public-education sector based on his lack of experience in the field.

"My resignation has nothing to do with any investigations with regards to the school, press or any alleged malfeasance," he said.

While Chow said that childhood education wasn't his "ideal field," he said he was grateful for the challenging stint at the helm of Shuang Wen's after-school program.

"In actuality, I found engaging with these issues and misunderstandings as positive in that they were a real challenge, and I enjoyed meeting those challenges on the side of a great program."

The DOE is currently investigating Shuang Wen regarding a number of issues, including the after-school program and the school's enrollment practices.

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