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How Old Town Academy Went from Restraining Orders to Renewal

That tension has played out in dramatic and odd ways at OTA. At the end of last school year, Tom Donahue, its founding principal, was fired. Then OTA moved forward on a merger with an out-of-town charter management corporation. Owing to the turmoil, the school lost its chance at $23 million – bond money the district makes available to eligible charter schools.

The issues at OTA are a microcosm of charter schools in general. Principals might get the academics right, but soon learn they don’t necessarily know how to run a school.