NH OKs opening of three new charter schools
The three schools approved last Thursday were the Gate City School for the Arts in Nashua, the Mountain Village Charter School in Plymouth and the Founders Academy Charter School in Londonderry.
In September, 2012, the Board of Education announced a moratorium on new charter schools due to a lack of funds available to cover the adequacy payments of $5,450 per student the state doles out to charter schools. A new rule saying Education Board members can no longer deny a charter school application due to lack of state funding alone is also now in effect.
"The funds we needed were included in the budget," said Raffio.
In 2003, the state kicked off a 10-year pilot program to include up to 20 charter schools. Prior to 2003, charter organizers needed approval from the state and local school boards. In 2011, a bill was passed establishing the pilot program on a permanent basis and removing the 20 school maximum.
"We are so excited to have the opportunity to open," said Cevasco. "Everyone involved has put in so much work on this, we can't wait to welcome the students."
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