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As New Bedford charter schools grow, they also look for funding

August 17, 2013 | Natalie Sherman

NEW BEDFORD — If you build it, they will come. But what happens if they're already here, you need to build it and you're worried about finding the money?

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Lawmaker open to lifting the cap on charter schools in some communities

August 15, 2013 | Colleen Quinn, State House News Service

As Boston opened its last allowable charter school on Monday and other communities bump up against limits, state lawmakers could be willing to lift the cap in some districts, a top lawmaker who helps steer education policy said Thursday.

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Boston Business Leaders Hedge Bets In Mayoral Race

August 14, 2013 | Fred Bever

BOSTON — After two decades of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s leadership, the race to replace him is widely considered up for grabs amo

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Boston’s schools a major issue for mayoral hopefuls

August 6, 2013 | James Vaznis

Councilor at Large Felix Arroyo wants a longer school day.

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Group Wants to Start Foreign Language Immersion School in Newton

August 5, 2013 | Charlie Breitrose

A group seeks to create a charter school in Newton where students would be immersed in a foreign language.

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Regional Charter School Proposed For Westborough

August 5, 2013 | Michael Gelbwasser

A Westborough-based regional charter school has been proposed, one of 10 new charter school prospectuses received by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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OUR VIEW: Support Innovation Academy Charter School

August 5, 2013 | Herald News Editorial Board
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10 Groups Submit New Charter School Prospectuses

August 2, 2013 | Department of Education

MALDEN – Ten groups submitted prospectuses to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education seeking to ultimately receive approval to open new charter schools in the Commonwealth.

After reviewing the proposals submitted this week, the Department will notify in mid-September the founding groups whose prospectuses show the most promise and invite them to submit full applications, which are due on October 25, 2013.

"Massachusetts is fortunate to have many high performing charter schools that set and meet a high standard of excellence for their students and families," said Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester. "For each prospectus, we'll look closely at how well the founding groups articulate their vision for delivering an outstanding educational program to students, and then invite final applications where appropriate."

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Lift the cap on charter schools

July 31, 2013 | Melvin B. Miller

School bells will soon be ringing and parents will once again be concerned with the quality of education for their children. This is not a problem for the affluent, who can afford the expense of private schools, but for others the choice is limited.

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Globe survey finds issues that split mayor race

July 31, 2013 | Jim O’Sullivan

The candidates were divided over whether the statewide cap on charter schools should be lifted, allowing more to open in Boston. Four candidates – Councilor at Large Felix G. Arroyo, Clemons, Councilor Rob Consalvo, and Councilor Michael P. Ross – oppose raising the limit. Five hopefuls – nonprofit executive John F. Barros, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Connolly, construction executive Bill Walczak, and Walsh – said the cap should be lifted.

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