HISD postpones decision on charter school closure

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Students and administrators are fighting the possible closure of Hope Academy, but HISD says it is plagued by grade irregularities (KTRK)

An HISD charter school that caters to extremely at risk high school students could soon be forced to shut down.

An internal investigation in April found major transcript issues at Hope Academy, located in the Third Ward.

According to HISD, of the 68 student records reviewed, 35 had over 50 irregularities ranging from grade changing to course additions and course deletions.

The founder of the school, Dr. D.Z. Cofield, says he never ordered anyone to change grades and has since addressed the issues.

Still, HISD argues the district has a zero tolerance policy regarding transcript irregularities and will vote to revoke the charter status.

The school board was set to take up the issue at a public board meeting Thursday afternoon, but decided to postpone the vote. If it does pass in the future, Hope Academy will be forced to close its doors in 30 days.

Dr. Cofield says he is already in talks with other charters schools to partner with them.
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