The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced today that its commissioner has recommended the opening of two new charter schools, one in Lynn and the other in Worcester.
The two schools were whittled down from an initial field of 14 proposals submitted to the department last summer by various groups across the state.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will vote on the recommendations at its monthly meeting Tuesday.
The Lynn Preparatory Charter School plans to serve 250 students in kindergarten through grade 8. The Spirit of Knowledge Charter School in Worcester is targeting 270 students in grades 7 through 12. This is Spirit of Knowledge's second attempt to open, after it failed last year to receive a positive recommendation from Commissioner Mitchell Chester.
"Both proposed schools met the necessary criteria established in the application process and present unique visions for ways to set high academic standards and close achievement gaps," Chester said in a statement.
Proposals that failed to advance to the board for approval included schools that would have served such areas as Quincy, Franklin County, and Berkshire County.
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