Baltimore City School Board Revokes Contracts of Several Schools

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday night to not renew the contracts of several charter and other independently run schools — but deferred making decisions about whether most of them would close.

In January, city schools CEO Andrés Alonso recommended closing four independently operated schools and bringing two other schools under district control, after a review of their progress concluded they had failed to live up to their promise. Some had low test scores while others had financial problems.

The school board voted to not give renewals to the operators of Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy Middle School, Baltimore Civitas Middle/High School and Baltimore Freedom Academy.

However, Civitas is the only school that will definitely close, at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

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