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Charleston, SC Mandarin immersion charter school faces closure 1 month after opening

September 22, 2018

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From: The Post and Courier

By Paul Bowers

Low enrollment, financial woes and staffing problems could spell the end for East Light Academy, a Mandarin-language charter school that opened in the Charleston area just one month ago.

Small headcounts can lead to financial disaster for charter schools, which receive funding from the state on a per-pupil basis. The school’s leaders proposed a charter school with 381 students, budgeted assuming an enrollment of about 180, and told The Post and Courier enrollment was at 150 on opening day, Aug. 20.

In reality, only about 50 students showed up on that first day of school, according to an email that went out to parents last week.

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