. - NAACP leaders are pointing the finger at administrators of Charleston Charter School for Math and Science, demanding answers over what the group said is unfair dismissal of teachers.
NAACP President Dot Scott said three teachers approached the local chapter after their contracts weren't renewed for 2016-2017 school year. The group demanded answers Wednesday at a news conference on King St.
Scott said the group wants school leaders to be transparent and give proof why teachers were fired. According to a press release, NAACP said the charter school's principal said the dismissed teachers didn't fit the schools "philosophy."
According to Charleston County School District spokesperson, charter schools operate independently of CCSD and make their own employment decisions.
"If you have an infraction by a teacher, where it's a teacher or a student, there should be documentation of that," Scott said. "The teacher should be apprised of these allegations, real or imagined."
School parents said they received an email and Robo call about Wednesday's press conference. Some parents showed up to find out why the NAACP wants to be involved in school decisions. The following emailed to parents and guardians was shared with Live 5:
"If you did not already read about it in today's Post and Courier online article, the NAACP has announced that they are going to have a press conference at 2:00 pm in front of our school on Wednesday to release a statement about several concerns they have about CCSMS.
While I do not know exactly what they intend to speak about tomorrow, I can tell you that two Board members and I met with Dot Scott and Reverend Joseph Darby, as representatives of the NAACP, about personnel matters that I am not at liberty to discuss, and we were not at liberty to discuss with them. We have since complied with their requests for as much information as the law will permit. After making the information available, we offered to meet with them again later this week, but they have chosen to take a more public approach."
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