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Parents, students win battle to keep Nevada Connections Academy open until 2020

School needs to meet graudation requirements
Posted at 5:50 PM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 20:50:49-05

Families are finally getting some good news after a year of fighting to keep their child's online charter school open.

The State Public Charter School Authority voted to keep Nevada Connection's Academy open until 2020, Wednesday.

"I'm incredibly happy," student Nathan Held said.

Nevada Connections Academy feared shutting down after it posted low graduation rates.

Student Jesse Berry also praised the decision. He left public school after facing bullying, but since switching to Nevada Connections he has seen major progress in his grades.

"Instead of C,D and F now i'm getting A, B and C," Berry said.

Nevada Connections will have to show significant progress in graduation rates to stay open past 2020, when the school's contract is up.

In an agreement, the school must show a 49 percent graduation rate in the 2017-2018 school year and a 60 percent graduation rate the year after. If not, the school could once again face the threat of being shut down.

"I do believe we will be able to pull through and we will succeed," Berry said.