Troubled southwest Ohio charter school shuts down

CINCINNATI (AP) — An urban charter school has shut down in southwest Ohio amid state opposition and worsening financial problems.

The VLT Academy's end leaves some 600 students without a school as the beginning of the academic year nears for most Ohio schools. A Cincinnati Public Schools spokeswoman tells The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) that the system will welcome the VLT students with open arms.

The school had lost its sponsor, as superintendent and founder Valerie Lee blamed politics.

Ohio education officials said the school was below standards and financially insolvent. It was chartered in 2005 and many of its students came from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The school appeared to have won a reprieve last month with a court order for money from the education department, but that was put on hold in appeals court.