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6 L.A. Charter Schools to be Shut Down for Cheating

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Six charter schools will be shut down after being accused of cheating on 2010 standardized tests.

The Los Angeles Board of Education voted this week to close the schools, saying there was insufficient response to the allegations.

The schools are part of the Crescendo Organization and were recommeded previously for a five year renewal, according to the LA Times. But Cresendo's founder, John Allen, was demoted after being accused of ordering principals and teachers to prepare students for the state exams using the actual test questions and the Board elected to shut down the schools.

The California Charter Schools Association has also withdrawn its support for the organization in light of the allegations.

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The schools will remain open through the end of the year.