State orders closure of Eagle Heights Academy at end of school year

YOUNGSTOWN — The state has ordered the largest charter school in the city to close its doors permanently at the end of this school year.

The directive that Eagle Heights Academy, 1833 Market St., must shut down came from the Ohio Department of Education after the school was ranked in academic emergency for a second consecutive year on its 2009 annual state local report card issued in late August.

The school, which opened in 1998 in the former South High School building, intends to fight the closure order and continue serving the educational needs of its students.

A recent change in state law regarding charter schools stipulates that any public charter school in academic emergency for two of the last three years must be closed. The rule is retroactive and contains no forgiveness clause, according to a statement released by the school.

Eagle Heights also was rated in academic emergency on its 2008 report card and was in academic watch on its 2007 report card.

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