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Raleigh School Loses State Charter

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RALEIGH — By becoming a charter school, the formerly private Bonner Academy received close to $300,000 in public funds this school year.

The school now faces a revocation of their charter due to unorthodox teaching methods, and failing to complete required paperwork.

Linda Bonner, the founder of the 65 student Bonner Academy, said, "We will become a valuable school with or without tax dollars. We will continue to serve the youths of this state."

The state moved to revoke the school's charter mostly because of the alternative methods it uses to educate at-risk students, and Bonner's inability to file paperwork promptly and correctly.

"There's just tons and tons of paperwork, I think normally that we are very efficient at, it just took its toll," Bonner said.

A parent who has two children at the Bonner Academy believes the state is making a big mistake.

Parent Debbie Ainolhayat said, "It's just a shame because there's a lot of kids during the daytime, my daughter goes in the evening time, but some troubled children, and it's keeping them off the street and they're graduating from high school."

One of the main accusations against Bonner is that she falsified a student's record. She flatly denies the allegation.

The Bonner Academy has graduated 25 students since 1989.

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