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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 27, 2000
Contact:Darrell S. Pressley, 781-338-3126

Department of Education Encourages Application for New Charter Schools

Malden - Massachusetts Commissioner of Education David P. Driscoll announced today that applications are now available for teachers, parents and members of the public to apply to open eight Commonwealth and fourteen Horace Mann charter schools.

Charter schools are independent public schools that have been operating in Massachusetts since September 1995. Charters are granted by the Massachusetts Board of Education.

"Charter schools offer a new learning environment and curriculum for the students they serve," Commissioner Driscoll said. "I encourage everyone considering opening a charter school to contact our office to learn more about this exciting opportunity. We look forward to receiving a large number of promising applications."

Commonwealth and Horace Mann charter schools have the freedom to organize around a core mission, curriculum, theme, or teaching method. These public schools control their own budgets and hire/fire teachers and staff. In return for this freedom, a charter school needs to attract and retain students and produce positive results within five years or lose its charter.

In the 2000-01 school year, 41 charter schools (36 Commonwealth and 5 Horace Mann) are open, enrolling more than 12,000 students from more than 200 school districts. In September 2001, one Horace Mann charter will open. Statewide, at least 8,000 students are waiting to be enrolled in charter schools.

For information on charter schools and applications visit the Department of Education's Charter School website.

Last Updated: September 27, 2000
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