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Educators Group Opposes Revocation Of A3's Charter Status

Brian Bull

Springfield’s Academy of Arts and Academics is set to lose its charter status by late June. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, some locals oppose the action.

Springfield district officials say having A3 under its jurisdiction will improve accountability, oversight, and protection following a sexual abuse scandal involving its principal and a student.

But Roscoe Caron of the Community Alliance for Public Education (CAPE), is concerned.

“We don’t believe that A3 – if it becomes reconfigured as an alternative school – will come close to offering the same level of staffing that it has been able to provide through the inclusion of a lot of local artists as instructors and staff at the school," Caron tells KLCC.  "Therefore, our concern is that A3 will cease to be A3.”

CAPE and some parents say A3 shouldn’t be punished for Principal Mike Fisher’s actions. Fisher killed himself after being put on leave, shortly after reports came out that he groomed, abused, and stalked a student for a decade.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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