Charter school applicants cleared to submit final proposals in Brockton, Fitchburg

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MALDEN, Massachusetts — There is new life for two proposed charter schools in Massachusetts.

The state board of education granted a waiver Tuesday that will allow a group applying to open the New Heights Charter School in Brockton to submit a final application.

The Brockton school and a regional charter school that was proposed in Fitchburg were initially cleared to submit final applications but later told they could not because of a state law that required the school districts they are applying in to be in the lowest 10 percentile of MCAS scores statewide.

The Fitchburg group has since reconfigured the district plan so it could move forward with its application.

Hearings have been scheduled for next month on the two proposals. A decision by the board could come in February.

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