MALDEN – Ten groups submitted prospectuses to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education seeking to ultimately receive approval to open new charter schools in the Commonwealth.
After reviewing the proposals submitted this week, the Department will notify in mid-September the founding groups whose prospectuses show the most promise and invite them to submit full applications, which are due on October 25, 2013.
"Massachusetts is fortunate to have many high performing charter schools that set and meet a high standard of excellence for their students and families," said Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester. "For each prospectus, we'll look closely at how well the founding groups articulate their vision for delivering an outstanding educational program to students, and then invite final applications where appropriate."Read More
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