In an embarrassment for the teachers union, a charter school founded by the United Federation of Teachers in East New York, Brooklyn received a D on its progress report last week and a review will soon determine if it will remain open, Gotham Schools reports.
The UFT Charter School was founded in 2005 by former United Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. Ms. Weingarten has moved on, however, and a revolving door of principals have come and gone.
The non-profit educational website Insideschools.org reports that the troubled school also received a D in 2011. In June 2010, SUNY’s Charter School Institute decided to not to renew the school’s charter for five years, but rather to give it a three-year trial period.
SUNY’s Charter School Institute reported that the UFT Charter School has the worst track record of 13 schools being assessed this period, and has performed worse than its district, District 19, as a whole.
Union officials, however, noted that the school is considered “in good standing” with the state after multiple years on a list of schools needing improvement.