Saturday, October 05, 2002

School vows to defy state, stay open

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Cincinnati charter school will remain open next week in defiance of state education officials 0- but probably from another “secret” location.

        The Learning Opportunities school's first week of operation at the West End YMCA ended Friday without resolution with the Ohio Department of Education, which has called for the school to shut down until its charter-school requirements are met.

        The issues include background information on teachers and the school's financial records.

        The school had 650 students when it operated as the Sabis International School on Southern Avenue in Mount Auburn last year. But Sabis officials on Friday reiterated that they have nothing to do with the current school and don't condone its approach.

        About 50 students attend the school. Charlie Wallner, an agent for the school's board, said there's a 90 percent chance the school will relocate again by Monday.

        The state contends Learning Opportunities failed to meet criteria for opening this school year, and should return more than $588,000 in state funding it has received.


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