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UMKC Pulls Plug on Derrick Thomas Academy

Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:42 PM by Associated Press

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri-Kansas City is pulling the plug on a Kansas City charter school called the Derrick Thomas Academy.

In Missouri, charter schools are required to have sponsors, generally universities. Sponsors are tasked with monitoring the progress of the charter schools.

If sponsors aren't satisfied, they can decide not to renew a school's charter. And that's what UMKC did this past week.

The Derrick Thomas Academy is named after a famed Chiefs player who died in 2000. It serves about 950 pre-kindergarteners through ninth-grade students.

But UMKC Charter School Center director Phyllis Chase says the 10-year-old school "continues to struggle with governance, organizational and academic performance challenges." It's been placed on academic probation three times in four years.

UMKC plans to ensure students complete this school year without interruption.

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