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Education board votes to close Durham charter high school

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RALEIGH (AP) -- The State Board of Education has voted to close a Durham charter high school.

Local media outlets report while the board voted on Thursday to close Kestrel Heights High School, the public charter school will continue to operate with grades K-8.

The public K-12 charter school has been under scrutiny since an internal investigation found that 160 of Kestrel's 399 graduates since 2008 had not taken all the state-required courses to earn a high school diploma.

Kestrel Heights Executive Director Mark Tracy told the board this week that the school has "resolved" the cases of about three dozen students out of the 160 who received diplomas without completing the work required for graduation. Tracy did not respond to messages from The Associated Press asking how those students rectified the situation.

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