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Closed Charter Schools Have A Ripple Effect

Charter schools in Indianapolis have closed for all sorts of reasons: financial, managerial and academic and now, in the wake of last week’s closing of Flanner House Elementary School, even for allegations of cheating on the state exam. But that’s the basic bargain of opening a charter school: perform or close. So why don’t more low-scoring charter schools close down? It’s simple: the process is so arduous and painful that nobody wants to do it.