Judge hears arguments in lawsuit to keep TN Virtual Academy open

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lawyers representing the families of three children who attend a struggling online school have pleaded with a Nashville judge to keep it open.

Attorneys for the families argued Tuesday that state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen should never have ordered the Tennessee Virtual Academy to be closed at the end of current school year.

The families say two of the children are severely disabled and are doing well in the school, where kids learn on the Internet. Their attorneys argued that state law allows the school one more year to prove itself before it can be closed.

The controversial school has been consistently ranked among the worst performers in the state since it opened in 2011.

Senior Judge Ben Cantrell said he would rule later.