Pinnacle Charter School Goes to Court in Fight to Stay Open
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) In a fight to keep its doors open, Pinnacle Charter School is going to court, seeking a temporary restraining order against the closure ordered by the state education department.
This comes after a meeting with state education officials Monday. The school says the state "communicated its refusal to budge on its decision to block the school from operating in 2013-14 school year." Back in 2012, the state refused to renew Pinnacle's charter.
"We will ask for a TRO that permits the school to open as planned while the legal rights of the students, parents and school are determined,” said Lisa Coppola, of Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola LLC, Pinnacle's lead attorney in the school's battle to renew its charter.
190 Buffalo Public Schools transfer request forms have been returned in the event transfers must happen to schools "in good standing." “Parents filled out forms at Sunday evening’s family information meeting and they have continued to come in yesterday and today. We remain hopeful we’ll be able to start school next week with no disruption for our students and their families, but we have to face the realities,” said Linda Marszalek, the school’s Chief Academic Officer.
If the court grants the restraining order, Pinnacle says the school year would begin with supply drop off Tuesday and classes Wednesday. The school has remained in operation under a ruling by State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek barring closure of the school as Pinnacle lawyers fought the Regents’ decision.