Boys Choir of Harlem Faces Eviction

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The Boys Choir of Harlem has been evicted by the New York City Department of Education from the public school facility where it is presently housed, reports the Associated Press.

The choir, which has been allowed to use the premises at Madison Avenue and 127th Street for free since 1993, has been asked to leave by January 31 due to financial and personnel problems.

In a letter to a choir board member dated December 22, department attorney Michael Best wrote that the Boys Choir had failed to appoint a new chief executive after Walter Turnbull was demoted to artistic director for failing to report allegations that an employee was sexually abusing a student.

Choir staff have been irregularly paid, resulting in attendance and punctuality problems. The department has also had difficulty obtaining reliable information from the Boys Choir about touring dates and times.

Turnbull said the Boys Choir would find a new home, and told Fox News, "Surely there are people out here who realize that when 98 percent of your kids graduate high school and go on to college that there's something right."

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