Parent sues charter school that expelled kindergartener

The parent of a Philadelphia girl has sued her charter school for expelling the five-year-old from kindergarten. It’s the second such lawsuit against First Philadelphia Charter School for Literacy.

According to court documents, the school expelled the girl in May for allegedly “inappropriately touching” another kindergartener. The the school did not give the girl a hearing, said her attorney, Jennifer Lowman of the nonprofit Education Law Center of Pennsylvania.

The lawsuit was filed yesterday and identifies the student, a girl, as "J.J."

“Not only was J.J. unfairly excluded from finishing the last five weeks with her kindergarten classmates, but First Philadelphia is continuing to deny her access to its first grade program — a program in which she would have been automatically enrolled if she had not been removed from kindergarten,” Lowman said in a statement.

The school had earlier expelled another kindergarten student for touching his teacher’s thighs after she complained her legs hurt.

The expulsion of that student, a boy, was overturned by a judge.

The Law Center has filed a preliminary injunction to return J.J. to school and clear her record.

You can read the complaint here.


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