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Troubled Hawaiian-focused charter school faces closure

HONOLULU (AP) - The state Public Charter School Commission has taken the first step toward closing a financially troubled Hawaiian culture-based school.

The commission voted 6-2 on Thursday to begin shutting down Halau Lokahi Public Charter School in Kalihi.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser  reports this would be the first time a Hawaii charter is revoked.

The vote ends a long struggle to save the school, which stopped paying rent and salaries and ran up $500,000 in debt before the end of last school year.

School officials pledged to restructure by firing the entire staff and hiring a smaller faculty.

The school also faced a state attorney general investigation for suspected money laundering and theft.

A school improvement consultant who was named acting director of the school couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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