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Monarch Academy supporters rally one final time ahead of school board vote to keep doors open

Final rally to save a Baltimore charter school
Posted: 7:05 AM, Jan 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-08 12:39:30Z

A community unites for one last push to save schools in Baltimore.

Students, parents and teachers will rally for the last time Tuesday, after a two-month-long effort to save Monarch Academy and four other schools. The list includes Gilmore Elementary, Northwood Academy, Roots and Branches and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Elementary-Middle School.

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Since the recommendations were announced back in November to close the schools, there's been marches, rallies, days of action, letters, petitions and countless efforts to keep them open. Last week, students marched to City Hall with more than 1,000 letters of support to Mayor Catherine Pugh to sway the Board's decision.

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Low test scores and special education concerns are among the reasons the board may close Monarch Academy. Advocates for the school said The School Effectiveness Review of Monarch Academy Baltimore noted 100 percent compliance in services to students with disabilities and academic testing shows the school is strong in helping struggling students grow.

The rally at Monarch Academy is schedules for Tuesday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The board will make their decision Tuesday night at 5:00 p.m. at Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters.