The University of Missouri-Kansas City will end its sponsorship of charter schools after the current school year, affecting eight schools that serve more than 5,000 students in the Kansas City area.
UMKC said the move was driven by a desire to focus more on education research. The university said it would work with all its charter schools to find new sponsors.
Two of the schools, the Academy for Integrated Arts and University Academy, have already announced that they are in talks with the Missouri Charter Public School Commission, an independent sponsor of charter schools. The other six schools are still considering alternatives.
Other sponsors of charter schools in the Kansas City area include the University of Missouri, the University of Central Missouri and the Kansas City Public Schools.
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