As reported in today’s El Diario-La Prensa, documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Law show that Hunter College administrators may have been in violation of established procedures around the operation of a childcare facility.
According to a press release from the Defend Hunter Childcare Campaign, “The documents reveal that the board of directors that governs the CLC (Children’s Learning Center) has been operating in an illegal manner and prove a clear conflict of interest, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties and obligations.”
Since last spring, students and supporters have been waging a campaign to save childcare space within Hunter. Administrators have said that the space is underutilized and will not affect services. But leaders of the campaign say Hunter has not promoted the space.
In December, student-parents at Hunter successfully filed a temporary restraining order against Hunter’s plans to reduce and reconstruct childcare space for other university purposes.
Earlier this month, New York State Supreme Court Judge Emily Jane Goodman rejected a motion by Hunter to dismiss the case. A new hearing date has been set for March 18.