On behalf of New Hope Academy, a Philadelphia law firm has filed documents asking the state charter school appeals board to stay its decision to close the charter school by Jan. 15.

While attorneys craft a full appeal to Commonwealth Court, New Hope wants the board to at least postpone the school's closure until the end of the academic year.

It's a matter of common sense, said Bob O'Donnell, a lawyer for New Hope.

O'Donnell said the school is hoping for a quick response from the board.

If the board does not respond quickly, or if it denies New Hope's request for a stay, "then we would also immediately go to Commonwealth Court to ask them for the stay," O'Donnell said.

The charter school appeals board issued a written decision Oct. 29 explaining its reasons for closing New Hope, which opened a 30-day window for New Hope to file its appeal.

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