It appears as though Can! can’t. The Missouri State Board of Education has suspended the operations of the Can! Academies of St. Louis – a charter school for high school dropouts.

Jocelyn Strand, the State Education Department’s Director of A-Plus and Charter Schools, says Can! – based on a similar experiment in Texas – was in trouble from the start because it didn’t receive State Board approval until May and opened in September. She says Can! or something similar could return to St. Louis in the future once a plan of operation is put forward.

Strand says a total of 440 students were involved in the charter school during the just concluded academic year, but there were only 118 by year’s end. Strand says representatives of the St. Louis Public School District will meet with the remaining students, next week, to advise the students and the families of educational options.

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