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UFT Charter School Faces Closure After Report Gives Harsh Review

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A harsh report could have dire consequences for a Brooklyn charter school founded by the city's teachers union.

The Charter Schools Committee board of trustees is scheduled to discuss the fate of the UFT Charter School Tuesday morning.

A SUNY report says the students are performing poorly.

It also says the school has financial issues and even some cases of corporal punishment.

On the plus side, the report says elementary students at the K through 12 school are meeting standards, and some are excelling.

The school needs its license renewed to stay open.

Reviewers say they can't make a recommendation because their report was so mixed.

School officials say they deserve to stay open.

"You can have blips in the data screen. The key is, are we a college preparatory school and can we prove that," UFT Charter School Executive Director Shelia Evans-Tranumn said. "I think that our June results will prove that we are a college preparatory school. It's not that we're just preparing kids for college, but they're getting into college and professors are giving them A's and B's."

Ten charter schools, authorized by SUNY, are up for renewal Tuesday.

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