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For Immediate Release
Friday, February 15, 2008
Contact:Heidi Guarino 781-338-3106 or JC Considine 781-338-3112

Four New Charters To Be Recommended for Approval by BOE

MALDEN - Acting Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Nellhaus will recommend that the Board of Education grant new charters at their February meeting to four of the five proposed charter schools that were finalists this year.

The Board of Education's next meeting is February 26. If the Board approves the recommendations, two of the schools will open in Fall 2008, and two will open in Fall 2009. They are:

Opening 2008

International Charter School of Southeastern Massachusetts. This regional Commonwealth charter school would be located in Brockton to serve 1,300 students grades K-12 from Abington, Avon, Bridgewater-Raynham, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Holbrook, Middleborough, Randolph, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, Weymouth, and Whitman-Hanson.

Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School. Currently operating as a non-charter public school, the founding group has applied for a Horace Mann charter to serve 580 students grades K-5 from Haverhill.

Opening 2009

Dorchester Collegiate Academy Charter School. This Commonwealth charter school will be located in Boston and will serve 240 students grades 4-12.

Hampden Charter School of Science. This regional Commonwealth charter school will serve 350 students grades 6-12 from Chicopee, Ludlow, Springfield, and West Springfield.

There are currently 61 operational charter schools in Massachusetts, including 54 Commonwealth and 7 Horace Mann charter schools. As of the 2007-2008 school year there were nearly 19,000 students on charter school waiting lists.

For more information on charter schools, look online at

Last Updated: February 15, 2008
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