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Nevada Connections Academy to Remain Open After Public Hearing

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Nevada Connections Academy will stay open for the 2017-2018 school year. The online charter school serves as an alternative for kindergarten through 12th grade students who struggle in traditional, public schools.

Thursday last week, the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority held a public hearing to decide the future of the online school. The school's graduation rate fell below the 60% threshold which would allow officials to shut down the school. 

On Sunday, the school’s legal counsel released a statement saying "it was determined that additional time would be necessary for the authority to make a decision on the "notice of closure" issued to the school. Given that a decision was not reached, the school will be open for the 2017-18 school year.”

The State Public Charter School Authority began efforts to close the school after they found the high school graduation rate was at 53%. That is 20% lower than the state's average.  

However, advocates say that performance measurement is flawed. Cindy Jorquez, parent of an NCA student says, "They're not taking into account the success stories and the fact some of the students are coming into Connections in their later years of high school, without enough credits to graduate anyway."

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