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Nevada Connections Academy to close at end of school year

Posted at 12:07 PM, Feb 01, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — More than 3,000 local students will have to find another online school.

Friday, the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority denied the charter renewal for Nevada Connections Academy.

The academy is an online-public-charter school that handles grades K-12. It provides the computer, webcam, and learning materials free along with reimbursement for the internet.

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However, the school has been struggling with achievement rates, and that's one of the reasons officials voted to close the school.

Academy officials said they would fight the authority's decision, and in the meantime, the school will remain open until the end of the current school year.

The Nevada Connections Academy also released the following statement:

We are extremely disappointed with the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority’s decision to deny the charter renewal for Nevada Connections Academy. This decision takes away a critical school choice option for more than 3,000 students. We disagree with the Charter School Authority’s decision as we believe Nevada Connections Academy has met all of the renewal criteria outlined in state statute and has met or made substantial progress towards performance standards in the school’s charter contract.

Nevada Connections Academy has been working with the Charter School Authority for the past several years to establish goals to increase its graduation rate and each year our school has surpassed these goals. In addition, the school has also focused on the social and emotional curriculum and teacher training to help ensure student success.

We are committed to keeping the school open for families in Nevada and are exploring all legal options at this time to do just that. Regardless, Nevada Connections Academy will remain open for the rest of the 2019-20 school year.