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Ball State University revokes charters for seven schools

by Stephanie Wiechmann

January 22, 2013

Ball State University will not renew charters for seven of its charter schools across Indiana.  Charters for schools in Gary, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Richmond will end on June 30th.  Three schools – one in Indianapolis and two in Fort Wayne – are operated by the same company, Imagine Schools in Arlington, Virginia.  Calls to their regional office in Fort Wayne went unanswered.  Bob Marra heads the Ball State Office of Charter Schools.  In a statement, he says the decision to not renew the schools was based on academic performance. Marra says not renewing a school’s charter usually leads to its closure.

In addition to the seven schools, two more have chosen not to renew their charter.  Hoosier Academy-Muncie and West Gary Lighthouse Charter School will also close in June.  The university currently sponsors 42 schools. Twenty of these were due for a review this year.  Ball State says it previously has only ever revoked one charter –  for Urban Brightest in Fort Wayne in 2004.