Closure Clarity?

Via Gotham Schools, Bill Phillips writes in the Daily News:

But SUNY’s decision wasn’t only creative; it was smart and precedent-setting. If the UFT school falls short again of specific targets over the next two years — across all three sections — it will close automatically .

Not only is that right for the UFT’s charter school, it’s the same fate a lot of low-performing charter schools across the state should face. And it should be the de-facto policy for all short-term renewals.

SUNY’s decision to include automatic closure pushes back at three problems with the charter school renewal process:

Read the whole thing here.

A couple months ago, I blogged about an Paul, an MTR-trained teacher in New Orleans, whose school is being closed. (Some good reader comments in that blog, too). At the time he wrote:

This decision was both surprising and upsetting. Needless to say, the teachers and administration are shocked at this moment.

I need to check in and hear the update. It must be weird being part of a school slated for closure, whether as a student or teacher.

If this "clear trigger" approach in New York reduces "closure surprise" among parents and teachers, I think it's a good thing.

Teachers do that all the time with kids. Most set an arbitrary-but-defensible passing score, a 70, up front. They don't typically wait until the end of the year, see how it went, and make up a cut score.