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Board approves Gloucester charter school
By Jamie Vaznis, Globe Staff
The state Board of Education Tuesday approved an arts-focused charter school for Gloucester by a vote of 6 to 5.
A large group of supporters and opponents attended the meeting, prompting the board to move the item up higher on its agenda so the crowd would not have to wait.
The proposal, which has been the subject of raucous debate over the past year in the city, was endorsed on Feb. 13 by Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester, who recommended that the state board approve the charter school proposed for Gloucester.
The state's 61 charter schools receive public funding, and unlike traditional public school districts, they are independently run and not subject to local oversight. Charter schools are overseen by the state, adhere to the state's educational frameworks, and are allowed to create a core mission, curriculum, and theme.
The proposed school would have nine grades - kindergarten through eighth - and have a total of 240 students, phased in during a three-year period beginning in 2010. Read more about the school here.
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