CHARTER TROUBLE: Parents And Teachers Want Change

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Teachers at Des Moines’ only charter school are calling for the head of the school to step down.

Teachers and parents say Director Nina Rasmusson hasn’t developed a student handbook or a discipline policy and hasn’t attended parent conferences.

An advisory council created to oversee the charter school met with Des Moines school board members Wednesday night.  The advisory council says, despite being in operation for 15-months, the school has yet to come up with a way to track student achievement.

Rasmussen says, “I don’t think there’s anybody that could step in at this point and just take over in the middle of the year and keep it running so that it would be up and running for next year. I don’t have any plans right now to step down.”

The council is also still working on policies for how it accounts for and spends donations to the charter school.