PARENTS COMPLAIN: Charter School Parents Say Program Lacks Leadership

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Parents and teachers at the Des Moines Public Charter School have been voicing their concerns over the leadership at the school.

“They’re not getting the instruction necessary for them to be successful here.” Parent, Laurel Clinton told the advisory board, “They make smaller classes to accommodate that, yet they still don’t have math books.”

About a dozen parents showed up for a meeting that was held to discuss these issues. Many complained about the school’s leadership and about an administrative assistant who they say treats parents, staff and children poorly.

The school board promised to look into the claims and passed a resolution to keep parents informed, but did not set a date for meeting with parents to discuss what they’ve learned.

“Not really a resolution at all.” said parent, Lanae Smith, “We were told ‘well we might get back to you, might not.’ These are concerns that we brought up in the past that still have not been addressed.”

Charter School Director, Nina Rasmusson, told WHO that many of the complaints have been addressed.