Oakland Charter School Set to Close

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Wed, 16 May 2012 10:34:00 -0800

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A charter school in Oakland that focuses on public service and arts is set to close its doors.
     
School officials decided last week to shutter Civicorps Elementary in June.
     
Civicorp Executive Director Alan Lessik says the elementary school has struggled financially due to ongoing state education cuts and a sharp enrollment decline in 2010.
     
Civicorp, a youth development nonprofit, also runs a recycling plant in East Oakland. Lessik says revenue from the recycling program has been used to cover funding gaps at the elementary school.
     
But parents say they were blindsided by the decision and are now scrambling to find new schools for their children.
      
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