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Local Charter Forced to Close With No Sponsor

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - A local charter school on Lansing's south side has been forced to shut down after being un-successful in finding a new sponsor after the school's charter was revoked in the spring.

It's still hard to tell how the disruption will affect the students, or if it will affect them at all. But in short, the 87 students who enrolled at the Learn Live Lead Entrepreneurial Academy just last year will have to find a new school to attend this fall.

As the name suggests, the school had an entrepreneurial focus and hoped to educate and train the next generation of business leaders. But after classes got off to a late start last fall and testing happened behind the schedule the contract stipulated, the Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools, which authorizes the school's charter, revoked that charter this spring.

6 News spoke to everyone involved when that happened and the school's founder, Capitol National Bank CEO Paula Cunningham, told us she was hopeful of finding another authorizer so the school would stay open.

However, school officials said in a letter last week the academy would be closed forever. That letter also admits the school had operational issues when it first opened. But it says it quickly made adjustments and by the end of the year, 90 percent of students increased their academic performance by at least one grade level.

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