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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Contact:Heidi B. Perlman 781-338-3106

Board of Education Grants Two New Charters

MALDEN - Two proposed charter school were granted their charters on Tuesday when the Board of Education approved their applications and gave them the go-ahead to open their doors.

The two schools granted approval were:

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School of Excellence. This Commonwealth charter school will be located in Springfield, and will serve 360 students in grades K-5. It is scheduled to open in September, 2005.

The Phoenix Charter Academy. This regional Commonwealth charter school will serve students from Chelsea, Revere and Lynn. Proposed to be an “ungraded” high school, it will enroll up to 225 students ranging in age from 15 to 21. It is scheduled to open in September 2006.

The schools were among five finalists proposed in this school year’s application cycle.

The state’s charter school statute allows up to 120 charter schools, including 48 Horace Mann charters and 72 Commonwealth charters. There are currently 48 Commonwealth charter schools in operation and three more granted charters in 2004 are scheduled to open this fall. Eight Horace Mann charter schools are currently in operation.

For more information on charter schools, look online at

Last Updated: February 15, 2005
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