Closing Charter Schools in St. Louis a Big Task
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The state of Missouri is closing down a network of St. Louis charter schools over the next several weeks, a daunting task considering the high number of students who attend those schools.
The Missouri Board of Education decided this week to shut down six Imagine charter schools, resulting in what may be the largest charter school closure in the U.S.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that as many as 3,800 students - or about 11 percent of those attending public schools in the city of St. Louis - will have to find new schools.
The task goes beyond that. Nearly 300 teachers and staff are affected. Officials must determine what equipment and materials were paid for with federal funds. Parents are demanding answers.