Hoosier Academies Closing Virtual School

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(photo courtesy Hoosier Academy Inc.) (photo courtesy Hoosier Academy Inc.)

Indianapolis-based Hoosier Academy Inc. has announced the closure of one of its schools. In a notice to the state, the organization says the Hoosier Academy Virtual School will close at the end of the current academic year, leaving more than 60 employees out of work.

In a statement to Inside INdiana Business, a spokesperson says the Hoosier Academies Board elected not to seek renewal of its charter, which is set to expire in June. 

"If (the board) were to seek renewal, they would have had to submit a renewal application by October 1, 2017," the spokesperson said. "Although the Board had seen evidence of significant improvement at Hoosier Virtual Academy, they did not feel the academic data, available as of October 1, 2017, was sufficient to pass the rigors of a new charter application process."

The majority of the employees affected by the layoffs are teachers. The layoffs are expected to be permanent and Hoosier Academy says the employees are not represented by a union and have no bumping rights. However, they will have the opportunity to apply for other roles at partner schools.

In the notice filed with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the organization says it will continue to operate Hoosier Academy - Indianapolis, also known as the Hybrid School, and the Insight School of Indiana.

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