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3 F-rated AZ charter schools on track to close

(Source: CBS 5 News) (Source: CBS 5 News)

Three F-rated Arizona charter schools are on notice their doors will close most likely by year's end.

The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools issued a notice of intent Monday to revoke contracts at Omega Schools in Glendale, Founding Fathers Academies in Show Low and Kin Dah Lichii Olta in Ganado on the Navajo reservation.

The Arizona Department of Education issued an F rating for 11 public schools, five of which were charter schools in 2013. Two are already closed.

Schools receive an F rating after three consecutive years of poor performance on the state's assessment tests, Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards.

"Because Arizona's laws require high accountability for charters, the state's primary authorizer is able to close poor performing schools," said Eileen Sigmund, president and CEO of the Arizona Charter Schools Association.

A notice of revocation is the first step to close a charter school. Once written notification is received, the three charters have 48 hours to notify staff and families of the enrolled students. The charters must go through the revocation process.

The Arizona Department of Education is tasked with monitoring district schools that are F rated. No district school has ever been closed for poor performance.

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