Springfield School Board says no to charter school

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The Springfield School Board rejected a charter school proposal Monday night from a group of parents who wanted to lease an elementary school the district had closed last year.

Superintendent Nancy Golden said the loss of district students to the charter school would mean the loss of $125,000 a year to the district. She says the reduction in students would not be large enough to save money by cutting teachers.

The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/Ua607K ) the meeting was so emotional, several parents left in tears. They had hoped to reopen Mohawk Elementary as Mohawk Valley Community Charter School. It would have had an initial enrollment of 68 students, about half from Springfield schools.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com