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Mount Vernon files another legal challenge over charter school
Mount Vernon is mounting yet another legal challenge against the New York Department of Education for approving the Amani Charter School, which city officials argue is “financially irresponsible” and will negatively impact the district’s budget.
Last week, the city filed Article 78 proceedings against the Education Department in Albany asking a state Supreme Court Justice to "vacate" the state BOE's decision to approve the charter school, arguing that the new school is depriving the district of funds.
The charter school, which opened this year, has about 80 fifth-graders, receives much of its funding from the Mount Vernon School District.
The litigation is the latest legal volley in a saga between the city and the school. The district has filed at least three lawsuits seeking to revoke the school's charter, all of which have been unsuccessful.
Mount Vernon Schools District President Francis Wynn and Interim Superintendent Judith Johnson are expected to discuss the legal challenge at a new conference on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the district's offices on 165 North Columbus Ave.