3 Memphis charter schools facing closure

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The superintendent of Memphis City Schools says he will likely recommend that three charter schools close because of poor academic performance.

The Commercial Appeal reports the schools are Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering, Promise Academy, and the middle school at Memphis Business Academy.

Without a waiver for the schools from the federal government, the city school board could be asked to decide as early as next month whether to shut them down.

Cash would have to make the recommendation to close the schools, and says "it's very likely at this point."

The closures would follow a recently signed law by the governor that removes the cap on charter schools and allows any student in the charter school's jurisdiction to attend.

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