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Pa. court denies New Hope's appeal

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A Pennsylvania appeals court has dealt a blow to parents and students who are fighting to save the New Hope Charter School in York.

Commonwealth Court on Tuesday affirmed an order of the State Charter School Appeal Board and a decision of the York City School District denying renewal of New Hope's charter.

In his opinion, Senior Judge James Colins said a three-judge panel concluded that renewal of the charter was properly denied for failure to meet state academic performance requirements.

The school board decided against renewing New Hope's five-year charter in early 2013. The Pennsylvania Department of Education allowed the school to stay open through June 2014 during the appeals process.

In a statement after the court ruling, New Hope principal Don Trost said the charter school's  graduation rate, attendance, school safety and pupil achievement all outperform York City schools.

"We're deeply disappointed by the court's ruling, but this certainly is not the end of the road," Trost said. "New Hope's parents, staff and students are committed to protecting and serving the children in this community that we all love.  Our focus remains on making on sure our children receive the great education they deserve."

The charter school has more than 700 students in grades 5-12.


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