Fate of Leadership High up to school board 

click to enlarge Leadership High student Kevin Holloway, 18, says he depends on the school for the one-on-one help he needs. - SF EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • Leadership High student Kevin Holloway, 18, says he depends on the school for the one-on-one help he needs.

Parents, students and staff of Leadership High School are planning a show of support Tuesday as the Board of Education votes whether or not to renew the school’s charter.

Leadership, near Balboa Park, was among 10 charter schools that the California Charter Schools Association recommended for closure in December, citing low scores on statewide tests. Charter schools, which are publicly funded but independently managed, must be reauthorized every five years.

The association has no authority over Leadership, but a spokesman said in December that the report was an attempt to embrace “higher levels of accountability.”

Elizabeth Rood, the school’s director, said she expects the board to renew the charter, as is has over the past 15 years.

At Tuesday’s meeting, parents and students plan to speak in favor of their school, which has raised college attendance rates for black and Latino students.

“Parents were really indignant about the report, because they feel it doesn’t tell the whole story of what is happening,” said Stephen Leeper, a community organizer working with families. “They feel if the board would hear their stories, they will see that a lot of work is being done to close the racial achievement gap.”

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