Historic Minneapolis charter school loses final bid to avoid closure | KSTP.com

Historic Minneapolis charter school loses final bid to avoid closure

Eric Rasmussen
Updated: May 14, 2021 08:17 PM
Created: May 13, 2021 09:07 PM

One of the oldest charter schools in Minnesota and the nation has lost a final appeal to keep its doors open beyond the end of this school year, 5 INVESTIGATES has learned.

Thursday afternoon, Cedar Riverside Community School was informed that Pillsbury United Communities (PUC), which oversees the charter school, would move forward with plans to terminate its contract.

Samantha Diaz, the director of the office of public charter schools for PUC, acknowledged the action to close the school was a last resort.

"We exhausted all possible interventions up to this point," Diaz said.

In a letter to the school, Diaz wrote that "PUC based its decision on CRCS's failure to demonstrate satisfactory academic achievement for all students" and noted "significant board turnover, inadequate community representation on the board" and "a lack of board transparency."

At the end of March, PUC first notified the school of its plans, citing a range of issues including "failure to meet academic goals" to "long-term dysfunction."

"This decision was done with a very heavy heart, but ultimately grounded in what was in the best interests of the students and families," Diaz said.

The school emailed the following statement Thursday night:

"We are deeply disappointed with Pillsbury United Communities’ decision to close our school. However, we remain enormously proud of what we’ve built for almost 30 years. Our teachers and staff have been committed to providing an excellent educational experience for our students and families and will continue to do so as they transition into the next chapter of their educational journey."

Cedar-Riverside Community School's contract ends on June 30. 

This is a developing story. Stay with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS and KSTP.com as we work to bring you more details.

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