Sarah Butrymowicz of The Hechinger Report has an interesting story in about the closure of Lighthouse Academy at the end of this school year because of poor academic performance. The new principal this year, Fannie Brown, is trying to keep the school alive, but ODE says closure is a done deal.
I had a nice chat with Butrymowicz while she was in town doing her reporting for the Hechinger Report, a publication of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media. Hechinger gave me a grant a few years ago to write about project-based learning in anticipation of the opening of the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM school.
"While the school made some academic gains in the last report card period, it was simply not enough to surmount the consequences of the closure law," said Ohio Education Department spokesman Patrick Gallaway.
The story notes that although Ohio's 2006
academic closure law
is considered the toughest in the country, it doesn't apply to charter high schools with dropout prevention programs, which I've written about