Arizona schools forced to close due to poor, failing test scores

GLENDALE, AZ - This year, the Arizona Department of Education issued an F-rating for 11 public schools, five of which are charter schools.

Schools receive an F-rating after three consecutive years of poor performance on the state's assessment tests.

Officials say two charter schools are already closed, and on Monday the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools issued a notice of intent to close to the three remaining F-rated charter schools -- Omega Schools, Inc., Founding Fathers Academies, Inc. and Kin Dah Lichii Olta.

Officials say the process will take some time.

Omega Schools Incorporated in Glendale was notified during a public hearing and once the board sends a written notice to the school, they'll have 48 hours to notify the staff and family of students.

"They've had so many troubles here for the past two years," said parent Laura Windahl.

An F-rating for Omega Schools did not come as a shock to the Valley mother.

"I drop him off in the morning and teachers don't come. Then they weren't paying the school bus and the school bus quit working."

"If you're an F, it means your students are not academically growing and thriving," said Eileen Sigmund, President of the Arizona Charter Schools Association.

But some parents did not see this coming, and now have to think about changing schools. 

"We like the school. It's good for them because they have really good teachers," said parent Juan Pelagio.

Volunteers working at the school Tuesday could not provide a comment on the news.

The board says that parents shouldn't expect the school to shut down immediately, as the legal process could take several months to the end of the school year in June.

Officials say the public schools that received F ratings are:

Window Rock Elementary School

Sanders Elementary School

Canyon De Chelly Elementary School

San Carlos Secondary

Rice Elementary School

Peach Springs School

Jeddito School

Indian Oasis Elementary School

Sacaton Middle School

Sequoia Academics and Arts Elementary Charter School

Allsport Academy


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