16 New Charter Schools Approved For Mass.

By Andrea Smardon

Feb. 28, 2011

BOSTON — State education officials approved plans for 16 new charter schools Monday, significantly expanding the number of charter schools in some of the state’s lowest-performing districts.   

Students in a 5th-grade math class at Lynn's KIPP Academy, part of a network of charter schools that will add another school in Boston. (Andrea Smardon/WGBH)

The state board of elementary and secondary education rubber-stamped all of the schools that commissioner Mitchell Chester recommended, with the exception of Lynn Preparatory Charter School.  

The majority of the charter schools approved are in Boston — ten in total.  The other six are in Chelsea, Lawrence, New Bedford, Salem and Springfield. Boston became the hottest market after an education reform law passed last year lifted caps on charter school growth in districts with the lowest scores on state exams.  

The schools will open in the next two years and will create as many as 7,000 new seats in the Commonwealth. In Boston, six charter schools opening next fall are already accepting student applications, which are due by Friday.  Admission is by lottery. 

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