Tenn. Virtual Academy likely to close next year

Tenn. Virtual Academy likely to close next year

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's Virtual Academy will be able to admit new students this year, but it has been ordered to close next year unless it shows significant improvement.

Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman issued the mandate after he said Union County officials did not notify parents about an agreement that would have stopped the academy from taking 626 new students this year.

Huffman told The Tennessean it would have been a burden on parents and students to have to make a last-minute change. Classes begin on Monday.

Instead of moving forward with an agreement reached late last month that would have stopped the school from taking on new students, Huffman ordered to academy to close at the end of the school year unless student test scores show dramatic gains.

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