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Troubled Halau Lokahi charter school to finish the school year

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HONOLULU (AP) - A troubled Honolulu public charter school is getting a reprieve.

The state Public Charter School Commission has decided to temporarily reinstate funding for Halau Lokahi Charter School.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Monday's decision allows 60 remaining students to finish the school year at the Hawaiian culture-focused campus.

Monday's hearing spanned nearly five hours, with students and staff arguing against the move to revoke the school's contract.

The school stopped paying rent and salaries, running up $500,000 in debt before last school year ended. The state attorney general's office is investigating suspected theft and money laundering.

Most of the students switched to other schools after the commission cut off funding and took steps to close the school.

The commission agreed to release about $36,700 per month for April and May.

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