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Departures at South Boston charter school raise concerns

Since UP Academy took over the Gavin Middle School in South Boston in 2011, some critics of charter schools have questioned whether the academy has been pushing out disruptive or academically struggling pupils in order to boost its test scores.

During the inaugural year of the in-district charter school, 19 percent of its pupils, 109 to be precise, left UP Academy. But that rate is slightly lower than the average for all the city’s middle schools, according to data compiled by the Boston School Department to dispel the notion that UP Academy is pushing out the worst pupils.

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