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Expensive charter school for "disadvantaged" caught faking grades.


CofCC.org News Team

University Preparatory Charter Academy in East Oakland is a special charter school for “disadvantaged” youth. It cost the taxpayers 3 million a year to operate. According to goodschools.com, it has an operating budget of $9,019. This is far above the California state average of $7,127. This is also far above the national average. Class size in this school is 15% lower than the state average. The school is mostly black, and is listed as less than 1% white.

According to the San Fransisco Chronicle, the school is also a disaster which has been caught lying to California Universities about students’ grades.

From San Fransisco Chronicle…

In spring 2006, teachers’ records for an 11th-grade boy at University Preparatory Charter Academy in East Oakland showed an F and five D’s.

His report card for the same period featured three D’s and three C’s.

His transcript — the one received by the California State University campuses that accepted him — glowed with three A’s and three B’s.

Those and the academic records of four other students at the public charter school, known as Uprep, validate what teachers have been saying for weeks:

Someone at the school has doctored students’ grades and transcripts, apparently in an effort to give them a leg up in college.

The documents were given to The Chronicle by a Uprep teacher who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal.

Last week, Kimberly Statham, the state administrator who runs the Oakland Unified School District, notified Uprep that the district plans to close the school next month unless its governing board can prove that it should stay open.