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10 offer charter school proposals in Mass.

August 2, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Ten groups seeking to open charter schools in Massachusetts have submitted proposals to state education officials.

The proposals are only the first step in a selection process that will end with new charters being awarded early next year.

Among the proposed Commonwealth Charter Schools are ones that would be located in Fall River, Lynn, Fitchburg, Andover, and Springfield, along with two offered for the greater Boston area.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said Friday that the proposals will be reviewed and those that show the most potential will be notified next month and invited to submit formal applications.

Charter schools are public schools that operate independently from local school districts. The state in 2010 raised the cap on charter schools for the lowest academically performing school districts.

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