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SUNY Probing Discipline at Success Academy Fort Greene, Report Says

By Alexandra Leon | January 18, 2016 5:09pm
 SUNY is reportedly investigating disciplinary policies at Success Academy Fort Greene.
SUNY is reportedly investigating disciplinary policies at Success Academy Fort Greene.
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FORT GREENE — SUNY has reportedly launched an investigation into Success Academy Fort Greene's disciplinary policy after school administrators were accused of creating a “Got to Go” list of problematic students.

SUNY, which licenses the charter schools, is looking into disciplinary and suspension policies at Success Academy and other charter school operators before approving new charter applications or renewals for the chain, according to the New York Post.

"Our focus is on making sure that suspensions and discipline are not being used improperly to encourage students to dis-enroll," institute Director Susan Miller Barker said to Success Academy chairman Samuel Cole, in a letter obtained by the Post.

Administrators at the high-performing school are accused of weeding out trouble students. The New York Times first reported the existence of the "Got to Go" list, which was drawn up at Principal Candido Brown’s direction and included sixteen students. 

Brown took a leave of absence earlier this month and will be replaced by interim principal Richard Seigler.

Last month, District 13's Community Education Council passed a resolution asking the Department of Education and SUNY to perform a full quality review of Success Academy Fort Greene, and if necessary, revoke its charter to operate.

The CEC also asked the Department of Education to keep any additional Success Academies from opening in the district.

Representatives from SUNY and Success Academy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.