Charter schools added in Fall River and New Bedford

DORCHESTER, Mass. – Gov. Mitt Romney on Wednesday awarded three new public school charters, including one for the Fall River Maritime Academy Public Charter School, which will serve 80 students in the fifth through eighth grades, one for the New Bedford Global Learning Charter School, and one for a regional school for Chelsea, Everett and Revere.

“Charter schools are important centers for innovation, achievement and accountability in education,” Romney said. “It is especially important for parents with children in low-performing districts to have an alternative.”

Charter schools must have their charters renewed by the Massachusetts Board of Education every five years. Including the new charters, there will be 61 charter schools in Massachusetts as of the fall of 2007. There are currently more than 23,000 students enrolled in charter schools in Massachusetts, but more than 15,000 remain on waiting lists.

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