Judge rules state has authority to close charter school

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A State Supreme Court judge has determined that the State Education Department does have the authority to close Community Charter School in Buffalo.

Last year, the State Board of Regents voted to deny a provisional charter renewal for the school due to declining student performance, and poor English and math proficiency scores.

The school remained open while it challenged the ruling in court. But Judge John Michalek ruled Thursday the state does have the authority to close the school. Its closing date is now June 30, 2014.

Students will not have to report to class on Friday. The school is instead inviting families to meet with administration, faculty and staff to assist them with placement for the 2014-2015 school year.

The school opened its door in 2002 and has around 300 students enrolled in grades K through 6.

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