More than 3,500 students will be displaced when a network of St. Louis charter schools run by Virginia-based Imagine Schools Inc. is shuttered in a closure so massive it may be unprecedented nationally.
Todd Ziebarth of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the closure was "definitely" the largest he knew of.
The Missouri Senate has passed bills that would allow for more charter schools in the state and would also allow the state to take over failing school districts more quickly.
In a 31-2 vote Wednesday, the Senate gave final backing to a measure that would allow charter schools to be set up in districts that have been declared unaccredited.
Kansas City and St. Louis are the only districts allowed to have charter schools under current Missouri law.
Will be updated.
Updated at 4:44 p.m. with additional reporting.
Updated 2:59 p.m. with additional comment from Imagine's executive vice president.
The Missouri Board of Education voted Tuesday to close six charter schools in St. Louis run by Virginia-based Imagine Schools Incorporated.
The schools will close at the end of this school year.
Imagine's executive vice president, Jason Bryant, calls the decision disappointing and says the company is exploring its options.
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