Oakland school board vote: charter school stays open

The Oakland Unified School District Board has voted to keep American Indian Public Charter School open. The board voted Wednesday night by 4 to 3 to extend the school’s license by 5 years, on the condition that it will review the school’s books in 2 years.

Before Wednesday night meeting, about 200 parents protested outside the OUSD office building, holding placards asking to save the school.

OUSD suggested the closure amid suspicion of alleged fraud by school founder and former principal Ben Chavis. Parents argued that the incident should not affect school operation and students.

Students of the American Indian Public Charter School are predominantly Asian, with Chinese making up 75% of the entire student body. The school tops all schools in the district in terms of academic performance, scoring 990 out of 1000 of the Academic Performance Index.

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