The Catherine Ferguson Academy will remain open as a charter school, the Detroit Public School Board announced today:

The Detroit Public Schools today announced that the school for pregnant and parenting teens will not close , but be operated as a charter school. The announcement came an hour before a noon rally planned to try to save the school.

Ferguson was scheduled to be one of three alternative schools to close this summer due to the district’s $327 million deficit.

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G. Asenath Andrews, the principal of Ferguson since it opened 27 years ago, said the planned rally will become a celebration. “I am relieved, excited and pleased,” she said.

So are we, Ms. Andrews. Congratulations to the students and staff of the Catherine Ferguson Academy, and thank you to everyone who sent messages of support.