Former state school protests lost charter at district office

jself@thestate.comMarch 25, 2013 

— Supporters and students of a former state school in Sumter rallied Monday to protest the recent loss of the school’s charter.

The group, which included a couple pastors who spoke, school teachers and about 35 children brought in by school bus, rallied at the S.C. Charter School District Office near Forest Drive in Columbia. The students carried signs. Some read prepared statements asking for the district to stop bullying the school. Others said they were improving academically and learning in a safe environment.

The state charter school district moved to revoke the school’s charter last year, citing failing test scores, financial reporting problems and alleged violations of state law.

The school appealed the district’s decision, and a state Administrative Law judge halted the district’s revocation. This month, the court ruled in favor of the district, which revoked the school’s charter, terminating funding and moving to repossess records.

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