Charter school shut down amid special education violations

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans charter school which lost its status amid reports of numerous violations of rules for special education will shut down a month early.

The Advocate ( ) reports Laniappe Academies will close May 8, sending 177 students home. The 5-year-old charter school planned to educate students until June 4 and a letter was sent to each student's parents.

In March, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted not to renew Lagniappe's charter amid concerns about special education wrongdoing, effectively shuttering the school at the end of June. The contract ends June 30.

Amid allegations, Lagniappe's top three leaders resigned.

A letter sent to parents says the only students who might be found on campus after May 8 would be those who need to complete state tests.


Information from: The New Orleans Advocate,

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