Despite pleas, board votes to close charter school
BATON ROUGE - The school board voted to revoke the charter of the Career Academy.
The school has been plagued with failing school performance grades each year it has been open. Supporters argued the school, geared toward teaching students an nontraditional path to the job market through certification in areas like car mechanics and welding, was unfairly graded against traditional high schools.
Thursday night, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted 7-2 to revoke the charter. The school will close at the end of the school year.
"My students are not F students," Career Academy Principal Mandy LaCerte said in an interview the day before the school board voted. "There's a lot to offer to the students, that's what we provide for them. It's a unique opportunity housed in one location."
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