Judge: Embattled online charter school should stay open

State officials had moved to close the school, saying it wasn't meeting state standards. The order, however, is not final -- the state could still move to close the school. The Department of Education is reviewing the ruling.
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State officials had moved to close the school, saying it wasn't meeting state standards. The order, however, is not final -- the state could still move to close the school. The Department of Education is reviewing the ruling.

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