|For Immediate Release|
|Thursday, October 15, 1998|
Massachusetts Receives $10 Million to Support Start-Up Charter Schools
Malden - Commissioner David P. Driscoll announced today that Massachusetts has been awarded a $10 million federal grant to support the state's ongoing charter school initiative.
The Federal Charter School Assistance Program is designed to help Massachusetts charter schools in the initial phases of operation defray some of the costs involved in starting up a new school. The three-year program seeks to help schools fund activities such as teacher training, technology, curriculum development and alignment with state frameworks, and classroom furniture.
Commissioner Driscoll said, "Massachusetts has been a leader in the charter school movement and continues to support charter schools as models for innovation. These funds provide some much needed financial support that will help start-up charter schools succeed."
There are currently 34 charter schools - 30 Commonwealth and 4 Horace Mann - enrolling more than 10,000 students across the state, and three more schools are scheduled to open next fall. In addition, applications are currently being reviewed for 13 new charters which will be available for award in February 1999.
For more information on charter schools, call the Massachusetts Department of Education at 617 727-0075, or visit our website at http://www.doe.mass.edu/charter/.