Director, Public Information

Vol. 44, No. 36

April 29, 2010


Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Academy, St. Louis, Loses its Charter


State education officials were informed today that Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Academy (EHLA), a charter school in downtown St. Louis, is unable to continue operations for the remainder of the current school year. 

The sponsoring institution, Missouri Baptist University, today issued a notice of immediate revocation to the long-struggling charter school on the grounds that an insurmountable financial crisis has created health, safety and welfare issues for the students.

The academy was founded in 2000 and was originally sponsored by Harris-Stowe State University.  MBU assumed sponsorship of EHLA in 2005.

The St. Louis Public Schools, MBU, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Charter Public School Association are working to ensure a smooth transition for the nearly 800 EHLA students enrolled in grades K-12. 

Effective tomorrow, the St. Louis Public Schools will take over the operations of the EHLA facilities for the remainder of the school year.