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

Published: Tue, September 15, 2009 @ 5:30 p.m.

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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1metz87(893 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Good,they failed to meet the state standards and were shut down. All charter schools should be dealt with the same way.

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2Education_Voter(1122 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

I'll believe it when I see it. Summit Academy was supposed to close THIS year. Instead, they just changed their name and came back with more grades.

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3metz87(893 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Me too sadly I think thy will close some and let others go by. why who knows?

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4Viewpoint(89 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

And this was not expected? It is time to stop tossing taxpayer dollars down these rat holes, close them all. Send the children back to the existing public schools, elect a school board that actually knows something about finance and management, and stop rehiring retired teachers that are double dipping into your wallet. Abolish all extra curricular activities until the schools are educationally proficient, and toss the troublemakers out on the street. We cannot continue on the same tired and inefficient course that we are presently following.

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5westside(47 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Get your facts straight, Viewpoint. The current school board took the city school system from $40 million in debt to an expected budget surplus this year.

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6ytownLADY79(26 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

westside- the school board did get the district out of debt. The voters did. The voters passed the 9.5 mil emergency levy last year. It has little to do with the actions of the board et. al!

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7Viewpoint(89 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Is that an opinion or fact. If a fact, enlighten the rest of us on how that was accomplished. I've looked at the budget and the 5 year guestimate and I must have missed some serious source of new income or some massive expenditure cuts that were not apparent in the budget that was published.

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