Daily News: Innovate Manhattan Charter School Hired ‘Convicted Felon’

Innovate Manhattan Charter School’s new facility on Delancey Street.

This week the Daily News has run two critical stories focused on Innovate Manhattan Charter School, which just moved into a new facility at 38 Delancey Street.  We profiled the school a couple of weeks ago.

On Monday, the News reported that Innovate Manhattan “hired a convicted heroin dealer — and put him to work with kids — without a background check that would have quickly turned up his criminal past.”  Carlos Tepia began working in the school cafeteria this past May.  At the time, the charter school was sharing space at Tweed Courthouse, where the Department of Education’s administrative offices are also located. 

Innovate Manhattan Charter Opens New Home on the Lower East Side

Innovate Manhattan Charter School has a new facility, located on the third floor of a residential and commerical building on Forsyth and Delancey streets.

The new school year is upon us, a fact some youngsters acknowledge only with total dread. But the middle schoolers at Innovate Manhattan Charter School, the Lower East Side’s third and newest charter school, have a lot to look forward to when classes start tomorrow.

On August 23rd, Innovate opened the doors of its brand new facility at 38 Delancey Street, in an open house for students and their families. The pristine space, located on the third floor of a residential and commercial building, embodies the tenets of the Kunskapsskolan Educational model (KED), which was developed in Sweden and is currently used in 34 Swedish schools. Innovate Manhattan is the first American school to adopt the model, which emphasizes individual instruction and flexibility to help students take charge of their own learning.