Board denies renewal of E. Liberty charter school

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The Pittsburgh school board voted last night to shut down an East Liberty charter school.

Officials cited financial concerns, a lack of criminal background checks on employees and other problems with Renaissance Academy of Pittsburgh Alternative of Hope, an elementary school.

Board members voted 8-0 against granting the school a five-year renewal of its charter, with Mark Brentley abstaining.

The board in November signaled its desire to close the school, which opened in 2003. The school may appeal the board's ruling to the state.

It wasn't immediately clear when the school's original charter expires.


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