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State rejects York charter school's appeal

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

There appears to be no hope for New Hope Academy Charter School.

On Tuesday, the State Department of Education's Charter Appeals Board denied the school's appeal. New Hope is now on course to close by January 15, 2014.

Nearly 800 students in grades 5 -12 attend the school on West King Street in York, and some parents are not happy about the decision.

"I am to the point where I could just scream at somebody because its very upsetting," parent Tina Courtney said. "I don't know what I am going to do."

Courtney argues that her eighth-grade son loves to go to school and is getting a good education and good grades.

"I didn't think it was going to happen because of how well the school is with the children and how much they love it here," Courtney said.

The state board said it rejected the school's appeal because it did not meet student performance requirements and other charter violations relating to admissions policies and finances, a Department of Education spokesperson said.

The spokesperson also cited fiduciary violations by administrators and the school's board of trustees.

More details will be relieved in a written report, expected in the coming days.

A spokesperson with New Hope Charter School said they were surprised and disappointed by the decision.

In the next three months they said they will continue to provide a quality education and a smooth transition for students and their families.

The school could appeal to Commonwealth Court, but there's no word yet if it will.

Last year, the York City School Board denied the school's five-year charter renewal saying it had not lived up to academic expectations or followed state guidelines for operations.

The school has since been touting, among other things, a 95 percent graduation rate.

The school employees over 100 people and administrators fear they may lose their jobs.

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