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November 25, 2014 | Colleen Quinn, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

Against the wishes of local school officials, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education granted a waiver Tuesday to a proposed charter school in Brockton, allowing the applicant to continue in the approval process.

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UP Academy Charter School applies to inherit Springfield district middle school following school committee approval

November 14, 2014 | Laura Newberry

The Boston-based UP Education Network has won permission from The Springfield School Committee to submit an application to the state, a big step that could lead to the organization adopting one of the city's chronically under-performing schools.

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Fall River school officials outline plan to use more than $900,000 in charter reimbursements

November 7, 2014 | Michael Gagne

School officials have a plan for how to use the additional $911,000 city allocation the district is receiving from an increase in state charter school tuition reimbursements for the current school year.

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Proposed charter school for Fitchburg area gets new life

November 5, 2014 | James Vaznis

Massachusetts education officials on Wednesday raised the possibility that they could approve the opening of a new independent charter school in the coming months, elevating a previously sidelined proposal to finalist.

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What would Horace do?

October 25, 2014 | Editorial Board

Faced with a problem largely of its own making, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education this week at least left the door ajar to granting waivers for public charter school proposals in Fitchburg and Brockton. It's not at all clear the board will do so, but fairness, logic, and even the guiding spirit of public education, demand no less.

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AMSA Having Success in Every Sport

October 23, 2014 | Phil Ricciuti


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Charting difficult Democratic waters on education reform

October 22, 2014 | Scot Lehigh, Boston Globe

Brockton, Fitchburg superintendents oppose Charter school waivers

October 21, 2014 | STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE, Colleen Quinn

MALDEN -- State education officials are considering waivers for proposed charters schools in Fitchburg and Brockton that were disqualified because the school districts where they would operate are no longer among the lowest performing in the state.

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Roadblock for charter schools

October 18, 2014 | Lawrence Harmon

HAREBRAINED MOVES by the Legislature and Board of Education have flipped the world of Massachusetts charter schools upside down. Suddenly Brockton, Fitchburg, Holyoke, Fall River, and other low-income urban communities have either reached the enrollment cap or been tripped up by technicalities during efforts to open new charter schools. Meanwhile, suburban and rural communities, including Dennis-Yarmouth, Greenfield, and Spencer, suddenly are in a position to double the number of students who can attend charter schools, although no operators are currently knocking on their doors. The bottom line: It is likely that, for the first time since 1996, no new independently-run charter school will open its doors in Massachusetts.

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Proposed charter's founders look for waivers from law

October 18, 2014 | Michael Cromwell

A confusing and stunted approval process is making it difficult for a group to establish a new charter school in Fitchburg.

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