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Parent, Students, Teachers Rally for New Leadership Charter School

NEW LEADERSHIPSPRINGFIELD (WGGB) —  The saga with New Leadership Charter School continues as the Springfield school system decides whether to keep it open.

Students, parents, and teachers at rallied at their school today – voicing their worries about the changes they might have to face next year.

“I feel upset because it’s like this school shows you and teaches you so much things you want to learn. It pushes you to do what you have to do, but to see it shutting down now, is like where are we gonna go now? We’re all gonna be lost,” said 6th grader Keyla Ramos.

“It’s gonna be a lot of trouble to read just because I’m going have to make new friends, new classes, and new teachers,” said 7th grader Jonathan Hennessey.

Since New Leadership lost its charter…parents rallied at the school Saturday to propose a new one remain open in its place.

The proposed innovation school would be in the same building as New Leadership….use the same staff…and would not displace any of the over 500 students who go there.

If the school board does not accept the innovation school proposal, over 300 of the high schoolers would automatically go to the High School of Commerce.

“How fair is it to them?” asked parent Anita Tirkot. “Too bad it’s underperforming. Too bad there’s bullying issues. Too bad there’s gang issues. There’s no parent that should take that as ok.”

Parents say New Leadership has created a family atmosphere that their kids wouldn’t be able to get at another public school.

“For him, I can see a difference already because they know it’s closing,” said parent Tonja Hennessey about her son. “And I will fight until the end to keep this school open for any means.”

Parents say they’d like the school committee to come in during school hours to see how the students perform.

The school board has until June to come to a decision on the Innovation School.


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