Parents seek alternatives after Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy closes

July 25, 2018 - 6:19 am
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A Kansas City charter school has closed, about two weeks before the scheduled start of classes.

The Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology was in operation for 18 years.

The school at Meyer and Rockhill was under charter from the University of Central Missouri. Banneker loast the charter in October due to under-performance and closed at the end of the school year.

"The idea is not to have schools that just perpetuate mediocrity for decades as has been done in the past," said Doug Thaman, Missouri Charter Public School Association executive director.

"It's a part of the agreement when a charter school opens," Thaman said. "They understand they're under a legal contract they must meet specific academic, operational, and financial performance goals."

Banneker parents are working to enroll their children elsewhere.

"We will be happy to help them identify schools that have openings, help them enroll," Thaman said.

Parents who need help in finding new schools for their children can log on to websites here and here.

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