Missouri University Plans to End Charter Sponsorship
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - State education officials say Missouri Baptist University has indicated it plans to relinquish authority to sponsor four charter schools in St. Louis.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says Missouri Baptist has agreed to waive hearing rights about its authority to sponsor charter schools. The department says the university also agreed not to apply for sponsorships for at least five years.
The State Board of Education had been planning to review Missouri Baptist's authorization to sponsor charter schools because of concerns about low test scores and other problems.
Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro now is expected to recommend that the state board accept the agreement during a meeting next month in Jefferson City.