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Two St. Louis charter schools to close

Monday, December 19, 2011 | 1:27 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — Two under-performing St. Louis charter schools will close at the end of the school year.

James French, chairman of Missouri Baptist University's Education Division, which sponsors the schools, announced Monday that Imagine Academy of Academic Success and Imagine Academy of Cultural Arts, will close.

The university, which began sponsoring the schools in 2006, said neither school was living up to academic performance standards, was financially sound, or was showing signs of improvement.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that French also says four other Imagine schools are also now on probation. French notified the schools' governing boards Monday.

Almost all city charter schools operated by Imagine Schools Inc. performed worse than all other charters on the Missouri Assessment Program tests this year.

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