September 16, 2022 4:58 pm

Charter school company defends its poor record in other states

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West Virginia’s first charter schools are set to open next school year, and at least two of the schools will be run by for-profit company ACCEL Schools.

ACCEL will operate the only brick-and-mortar charter school in our region, the Nitro Preparatory Academy, that will be opened as a K-8 school in the former Nitro high school building.

A WSAZ investigation into the company’s operations in Ohio found that more than half of the 33 ACCEL run school in the state received a failing grade from the Ohio Department of Education School Report Card., according to the more recent data from 2018-2019. Grades were not published in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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