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      KC charter considers options after losing sponsor

      A Kansas City charter school that the state suspects of inflating attendance and encountering other academic problems isn't ready to close after losing its sponsor.

      Hope Academy attorney Dana Cutler said Tuesday that the school is looking into other possible sponsors and isn't giving up on having the University of Missouri-Kansas City remain as its sponsor. State law requires charter schools to have a sponsor and a valid charter agreement.

      Cutler's comments came one day after the State Board of Education upheld a decision by the university to withdraw sponsorship from the school. Hope Academy is focused on helping dropouts and students at risk of dropping out. The state reported discovering attendance issues during a surprise visit in October.

      UMKC didn't immediately return a message from The Associated Press.