Sunday, January 23, 2000

Charter school allowed to reopen with improvements

The Associated Press

        CLEVELAND — A charter school has been allowed to reopen after installing a fire alarm and completing other safety improvements, state and city officials said.

        The International Preparatory School received permission to resume classes Wednesday, four weeks after city inspectors ordered the school's 300 students out of a converted office building because of fire hazards.

        “We believe the issues paramount to the safety of children have been addressed,” Barry Withers, executive assistant to Mayor Michael White, said Friday.

        The International Preparatory School is one of 48 charter schools in Ohio. Charter schools receive state funding of about $4,600 per student.

        The schools are exempt from curriculum and personnel standards, but must meet state testing and attendance standards.

        School attorney Gerald Jackson said the school year would be extended to make up for lost class time.


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