Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state Board of Education has voted to uphold the closure of a charter school that tangled with Idaho officials over use of the Bible in the classroom and is now being shuttered over money problems. The state Board of Education further considered an appeal Tuesday from Nampa Classical Academy administrators, who vowed to shed their combative reputation and work with the state to stay open. The Idaho Public Charter School Commission decided earlier this year to close the academy, which opened last year and had more than 500 students enrolled for this fall. The school appealed that decision to the board, which voted 4-3 to uphold the revocation.
Incidentally, the state board took hours of testimony from officials of the school and the state Charter Commission over three different days as it considered the appeal; today, a motion to give the school a year’s reprieve failed by one vote, 3-4, before the successful motion to revoke the charter passed 4-3. Among the board’s top concerns: The ability of the school to cover its debt from last fiscal year while still having sufficient financial resources to operate this year and in future years.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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