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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Contact:Heidi B. Perlman 781-338-3106

Public Hearings on Charter School Proposals Scheduled Around the State

Malden - Public hearings will be held at four locations around the state over the next week to give residents a chance to comment on five separate charter school proposals

Comments from the public will be among the factors considered in February when the Board of Education votes on the five charter school proposals. They are:

  • Fall River Maritime Charter Public School, serving grades 5-8 in Fall River. Enrollment at full capacity: 80

  • Hampden Regional Charter School, serving students in grades K-8 from Chicopee, Springfield and West Springfield. Enrollment at full capacity: 704

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School of Excellence, serving grades K-5 in Springfield. Enrollment at full capacity: 360

  • Phoenix Charter Academy, an ungraded high school serving students from Chelsea, Revere and Lynn. Enrollment at full capacity: 225

  • Worcester Regional Charter School, serving students in grades K-8 from Worcester, Auburn and Leicester. Enrollment at full capacity: 680

The public hearings will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the following locations:

Thursday, Jan. 13:Quinsigamond Community College, 670 Boylston St., Worcester
Tuesday, Jan. 18:Springfield Public Library, 220 State St., Springfield
Wednesday, Jan. 19: Fall River Public Library, 104 N. Main St., Fall River
Thursday, Jan. 20: Massachusetts Department of Education, 350 Main St., Malden

Anyone who cannot attend one of the hearings is invited to submit their comments in writing to: MA Department of Education Charter School Office, 350 Main St., Malden, MA 02148; or by email to charterschools@doe.mass.edu. All written comment must be submitted no later than Friday, Jan. 21.

There are currently 56 operational charter schools in Massachusetts. For more information on charter schools, look online at www.doe.mass.edu/charter.



Last Updated: January 12, 2005
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