Charter School by Day, Club by Night

School cafeteria serves as a nightclub on the weekends.

School officials in Philadelphia have demanded a charter school cease operations in a building that doubles as a nightclub.

City officials say the cafeteria of the Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School turns into a nightclub on weekends.

Superintendent Arlene Ackerman called it unacceptable to run the school in the same building that Club Damani leases space.

School officials posted an open letter on its Web site, calling reports "a biased depiction of the true success story that Harambee truly is" and noted the school consistently exceeds state standards. Harambee serves students up to eighth grade.

The existence of the nightclub in the school building was first reported by WPVI-TV over the weekend.

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