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Students, parents, teachers and neighbors testified about Young America Works Public Charter School at Wednesday's board hearing. The Public Charter School Board is considering revoking Young America's license.
Jessica Gould
Students, parents, teachers and neighbors testified about Young America Works Public Charter School at Wednesday's board hearing. The Public Charter School Board is considering revoking Young America's license.

By Jessica Gould

Citing low test scores and violence, the D.C. Public Charter School Board is considering revoking the charter of Young America Works in Northeast. School leaders say they want another chance to succeed.

More than 100 people attended the board’s hearing on Young America, and many of them wore ribbons to support the school. But Vivian Fowler wore her frustration on her sleeve.

"It’s awesome all the wonderful resources that you’re willing to put in place now when you’re under the gun," says Fowler. "But are we willing to risk the education of children based on what you plan to do?"

She says her daughter is in the 12th grade at Young America, and has been accepted to college. But she just found out her daughter doesn’t have the credits she needs to graduate.

"My God, why did we have to get to this point to get these resources in place?" she asks.

A Young America board member says the school has already overhauled its leadership, and is on the road to improvement.

"It won’t be quick and it won’t be easy. But over time you will see a progression, a progression that will serve the children of Young America Works," he says.

The charter board has 30 days to make its decision.

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