Local

New Roots Charter School has fans and foes

New Roots Charter School has fans and foes

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.

More Local Headlines

in Local

Arrest made in Elmira Savings Bank robbery

Ian Miles

Ian Miles, 28, of Cortland, was arrested in Ithaca Friday.

in Local

Groton schools respond to Sept. hazing incident

Local_News41-620x400

Groton Schools Superintendent Jim Abrams says the district is making a serious effort to improve community outreach and student behavior following September’s hazing incident.

in Local

Man dies in Cortland County collision

crime

No charges have been filed.

in Local

State, local authorities increase DWI patrols for Halloween weekend

crime2

Drivers should expect sobriety checkpoints and additional patrols.

in Local

Drunk driver charged with hitting, killing jogger in central New York

crime

28-year-old man charged with vehicular manslaughter, DWI in connection with Thursday incident