Taos International faces closure


Pending a possible appeal, the Taos International School's charter will not be renewed by the New Mexico Public Education Commission for the 2018/19 school year.

Following a commission meeting that was extended to two sessions, the commission decided not to renew the 4-year-old school's charter due to "lack of general prgress", and several other factors, according to PEC Chair Patricia Gipson She said the decision could change if the school, which serves kindergarten through 8th grade, appeals the decision.

"Subject to any appeal, they will finish out this school year," said Gipson

Taos International School first applied for a charter in 2012 but was denied by the New Mexico Public Education Department in September of that year. The decision was reversed by former Education Secretary Hannah Skandara and the school was allowed to operate.

Since 2015, the school's PED grades have not risen above a 'D' grade and in 2017, the school received an 'F' grade from the department. The school's enrollment this year was listed as 116 studentsll

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