Minnesota took action last week to unplug the state’s first online high school after two audits and an investigation found that some students were graduating from the school without completing state-required coursework.
The Minnesota education department directed the nonprofit Novation Education Opportunities, which is the authorizer of the West St. Paul-based charter school BlueSky, to terminate its contract with the school. Without a state-approved authorizer, the 700-student school would have to close. Officials with the state education department said the agency would help BlueSky’s students find new schools.
BlueSky director Don Hainlen disputed the investigations findings.
A version of this article appeared in the March 16, 2011 edition of Education Week as State Moves to Shut Down Minn.'s First Online Charter