State cuts funding to Golden Valley charter school
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The state Education Department has decided to withold funds from a Golden Valley charter school for employing unlicensed teachers. The decision has cost LoveWorks Academy more than $60,000.
The decision was the result of a nearly four-month investigation of teacher licensure at the school.
In a letter dated Nov. 10, Education Commissioner Chas Anderson told the school that the department had decided to withhold the money because the academy "has failed to correct these ongoing violations in spite of several notices and extended deadlines."
A LoveWorks administrator says the school has fixed the problems and plans to dispute the decision in a Department of Education hearing.
This summer, Twin Cities television station KSTP investigated claims that unlicensed teachers were working in the school. At the time, the state found that 73 percent of the school’s 37 staff members were teaching without licenses.