Students, teachers and community members turned out for a public hearing on Ithaca’s New Roots Charter School Wednesday.
New Roots first opened its doors in 2009 and is required by state law to apply for a renewal charter every five years. The school has around 200 students enrolled in grades 9 through 12.
Many parents, students and teachers involved with the school spoke with passion about its success, but the hearing also included community members opposed to a charter renewal.
Critics of New Roots cited low attendance rates, financial problems and a high failure rate on Regents exams.
School principal Tina Nilsen-Hodges defended the school’s reputation.
“We feel we’re in a good place as our authorizer makes a decision,” she said.
The SUNY Board of Trustees will make its decision in January or February of next year.