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Paideia Academy loses its charter

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By Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Board of Education has voted unanimously not to renew the charter for Paideia Academy. The St. Louis charter school had more than 500 elementary students enrolled this past school year.

Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla recently announced its decision to drop sponsorship of the charter school, which had been underperforming academically. Jocelyn Strand is with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

"There was no chance for them to become compliant within the time frame we needed to present to the board...they will not be able to resume operation as a charter school for the upcoming school year, so effective June 30th, their charter will cease to exist," Strand said.

Elbert Dorsey, Secretary for Paideia Academy's Board of Trustees, called the vote disappointing.

"We now want the board to reconsider their actions that they took earlier, so we can see what kind of steps need to be taken on behalf of the kids," Dorsey said after the vote.

Dorsey did not say if their actions would include a potential lawsuit to reverse the board's decision.

Paideia Academy has a letter of intent from Lincoln University in Jefferson City to become the new sponsor. But DESE officials say it comes too late to keep the school's charter active for the upcoming school year.

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