A much ballyhooed California-based charter chain school called Citizens of the World opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in New York City despite community opposition. It hoped to attract white and middle-clsss families in the gentrified neighborhood.

It was supposed to open with 107 kindergarten and first grade students.

The Wall Street Journal reported that only 56 appeared.

The school may be closed due to low enrollment.

It probably didn’t spend enough to market its promise as a direct pipeline to college.

“The school’s experience demonstrates that charter schools, which often say parents need more choices, can be stung when parents’ decisions don’t fall their way. It also bolsters opponents who say that, despite claims of long wait lists and tales of parents craving alternatives, there isn’t as much demand for charter schools as supporters say.

“The school was put on probation because of low enrollment in October by State University of New York trustees, who oversee some New York charter schools. If Citizens of the World 1 doesn’t reach 100 students by Dec. 6, it could be shut down. Alternately, the trustees could accept a slimmed-down version of the school with about 80 students.

“That is because when it comes to a school’s operations, students equal money. Schools receive funding from the city and the state based on how many students they teach—about $13,500 per head at Citizens of the World 1.”