Classes start at KC charter after court fight

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Classes are getting underway at a Kansas City charter school that Missouri education officials tried to close.

Kindergarteners through second-graders at Gordon Parks Elementary go back to school Wednesday.

The state Board of Education voted in May against renewing the charter of Gordon Parks Elementary School, citing low academic performance. The charter loss meant the school would lose the state funding it relied upon to operate.

The vote followed a recommendation from the Missouri education department.

But a judge in Jefferson City ruled last month the state's actions were unreasonable and arbitrary. The decision by Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green followed a hearing at which Gordon Parks officials argued the state failed to allow time for efforts to improve test scores to take effect.

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