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New Hope students, parents plan rally Monday to keep school open

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

Students of a York County charter school slated to close will rally Monday outside a Commonwealth Court appeal hearing in Harrisburg.

The York City School District cited financial reasons and low test scores as reasons the school board voted not to renew its five-year charter in early 2013. The Pa. Department of Education, however, ordered to keep it open through June 2014 during the appeals process.

Manny parents said they won't stop fighting until the district reverses its original decision.

"Our graduation rate is up and our attendance rate is up," mother Heather Tracey said. "I think that is the most important thing. "

Her son, Kristzen Tracey, is a junior at New Hope.

"I am happy to know that there are all these people fighting for me and everyone else to have a good education its amazing cause you don't get that a lot," he said. "This school means a lot to me -- it's my home. I know a lot of people say that, but this is my home. I have been here for a long time. "

There will be no decision in court on Monday. Each side will have 15 minutes to present their case. The hearing begins at 1:30 p.m.

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