|For Immediate Release|
|Wednesday, February 22, 2006|
|Contact:||Melanie Winklosky 781-338-3316|
Commissioner To Make Charter School Recommendations to Board of Education
MALDEN - Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll will recommend on Tuesday, February 28th, that the Board of Education vote to grant three new charters and renew the charters of four existing schools.
The Commissioner will recommend the Board grant new charters to three of the four proposed charter schools that were finalists in this application cycle. If approved, all three schools will open in the fall of 2007. They are:
Fall River Maritime Academy Public Charter School. This Commonwealth charter school will be located in Fall River and will serve 80 students in grades 5-8.
Pioneer Charter School of Science. This regional Commonwealth charter school will serve 360 students in grades 7-12 from Chelsea, Everett, and Revere.
New Bedford Global Learning Charter School. Currently operating as a Horace Mann charter school, the founding group has applied for a Commonwealth charter to serve 450 students in grades 5-12 from New Bedford.
The schools recommended for a vote on renewal are Martha's Vineyard Charter School in West Tisbury, Academy of Strategic Learning in Amesbury, Prospect Hill Academy Charter School in Cambridge and Somerville, and Seven Hills Charter Public School in Worcester.
For more information on charter schools, look online at www.doe.mass.edu/charter/.