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Proposed charter schools in Lynn, Andover invited to submit applications, but Newton and Westborough are not

Posted by Your Town  September 27, 2013 10:22 PM

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Seven charter school applicants have been invited to submit full applications, meaning the conversation around an educational alternative will advance in Fitchburg, Lynn and Springfield.

They are among 10 schools who submitted initial proposals to the state this summer.

Three charter schools were not invited to submit full applications by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The proposed schools that failed to move ahead are Central Massachusetts Science Technology Art and Mathematics Via Language Immersion Public Charter School in Westborough, Chinese Immersion Charter School of Newton, and Sea Star Charter School of Cape Cod.

Schools that will advance to the next phase are Academy for the Whole Child Charter School, in Fitchburg; Argosy Collegiate Charter School, in Fall River; Fenix Charter School, in Lynn; Innovation Academy Charter School, in Fall River; Lynn Preparatory Charter School; Springfield Prep Charter School; and STEAM Studio Charter School, in Andover.

DESE will hold public hearings in the areas where the charter is proposed. Final applications are due Oct. 25 and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will award the new charters in February.

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