Stay order puts Ohio school, 600 students in limbo

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CINCINNATI (AP) — An appeals court has put on hold a judge's order that the Ohio Department of Education sponsor a downtown Cincinnati charter school to keep it operating.

The decision staying the judge's order threatens to force VLT Academy to close. That would send 600 low-income, at-risk youth and their caretakers scrambling for the upcoming school year.

Hamilton County Judge Nadine Allen had ordered the education department to sponsor VLT Academy and give it $300,000 to begin the school year. Ohio's First District Court of Appeals issued a stay of that order Thursday, and the state announced that decision Monday.

In her ruling, Allen said students at the school "will be severely impacted, harmed and damaged" without the department's support.

The department said Monday that school is underperforming and financially irresponsible.

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