FORT GREENE — A principal accused of creating a “Got to Go” list of problematic students at Success Academy Fort Greene is back in the classroom at one of the charter's other locations, according to a report.
Candido Brown is now teaching third grade students at Success Academy Harlem 1, a Success Academy spokesman confirmed.
“Candido Brown decided to step down as principal over the winter break and take a personal leave," officials at Success Academy said in a statement, adding that Brown asked to return to the Harlem charter site where he got his start. "We believe Mr. Brown is a talented educator, and so when he asked to return we welcomed him back."
Brown's return was first reported by Capital New York.
The former principal took a leave of absence earlier this month after he and other administrators were accused of weeding out problematic and disruptive students at the high-performing charter school.
The New York Times first reported Brown's leave and the "Got to Go" list, which was drawn up at his direction. The list included 16 students, nine of whom eventually left the school.
Since the list was discovered, Brown has apologized and taken full responsibility for drafting it, the Times reported.
Success Academy has been under close scrutiny in the last month.
On Wednesday, the parents of 13 current and former Success Academy students filed a federal complaint accusing the charter network of discriminating against students with disabilities.
And SUNY, which licenses charter schools, announced Monday that it would be investigating disciplinary policies at Success Fort Greene, as well as looking more closely at discipline across all its charter schools.
Parents in District 13, where Success Academy Fort Greene is located, have called on SUNY and the Department of Education to keep any more Success Academies from opening in the district.