Ed chief says BlueSky online charter school may stay open

Officials began investigating after hearing complaints that the school was graduating students who weren't meeting state standards. BlueSky leaders say they have followed state rules.
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Officials began investigating after hearing complaints that the school was graduating students who weren't meeting state standards. BlueSky leaders say they have followed state rules.

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