State denies town’s request for school charter

DUGGER, Ind. (AP) — The state has denied a shrinking Indiana school district’s bid to live on as charter schools.

The Indiana Charter School Board voted Thursday to decline Dugger Union Community School Corporation’s requested charter.

Residents of the town of fewer than 1,000 people about 30 miles southeast of Terre Haute requested the charter after the Northeast School Corporation voted to close Dugger’s elementary and high schools in a budget-cutting move.

Charter School Board members say the application lacked necessary information due to the short time since it was proposed. The charter schools would have opened this fall.

A motion to grant Dugger a conditional charter died for lack of a second.

The charter school supporters can reapply later this year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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