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Nearly Two Dozen New Charter Schools Proposed In Massachusetts


Nearly two dozen preliminary applications have been filled for new charter schools in Massachusetts.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.


   The Massachusetts Department of Education said it received prospectuses from  22 groups hoping to open new charter schools… The increase, from seven applications last year, is a result of state education officials lifting a moratorium  on new applications in communities that were nearing statutory enrollment caps.   Four applications for new charter schools in the greater Springfield area were filed. Full applications from groups that pass the first round review are due in November.  The State Board of Education is expected to vote to award new charters at a meeting in  February.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.