Oasis High School, a 5-year-old alternative charter school that serves about 180 teens who have dropped out, been kicked out, or otherwise been displaced from other schools, will close its doors this summer. State Administrator Vincent Matthews decided tonight to close Oasis by not renewing its charter.
“Staff agonized over this decision, as I did,” Matthews said, as teachers and supporters listened in silence.
Matthews pointed to the recommendation from the district’s charter schools office to close the school. He said the office found inconsistent curriculum, teaching methods that weren’t based on research, and other academic concerns. (In February, the charter office asked Oasis to withdraw its renewal request and turn in a new one.)
Darrell Willis, 17, stood stoically in the hallway after the decision as a stream of tearful adults left the board room. He said he didn’t know where he’d go to school. Phung Lai, the school’s social director, said the timing was a big concern.
“Who knows where these students are going to go?” Lai said. “It’s already June 24.”
The summertime closure reminds me of the scramble after another alternative charter school, UPrep, closed in 2007. Guess where many of those students went? I’ll give you a hint: Some of them will be looking for another school, yet again.
photo from Oasis Web site