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10:05am — Six New Charter Schools Approved

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State Public Education Commission also turned down four applications last week.

The state Public Education Commission on Friday approved six charter school applications, bringing the total number of charter schools in New Mexico to 73, according to a Public Education Department news release.

The schools approved Friday are scheduled to open in the 2009-10 school year and serve up to 680 students at locations from Los Lunas to Taos, the release said.

Approved schools include the School of Dreams Academy in Los Lunas; The New America School in Albuquerque; Cien Aguas International School in Albuquerque; The International School at Mesa del Sol in Albuquerque; New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe; and the Taos Academy in Taos, according to the release.

Applications were denied for the Henry David Thoreau High School in Albuquerque; The Resource and Learning Center in Moriarty; The MASTERS Program in Santa Fe; and The Enchanted Circle in Taos, the release said.

The Ray of Hope Charter School from Albuquerque withdrew its application, the PED said.

Two new charter schools were approved in 2007 — The Media Arts Collaborative Charter School and Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School, both in Albuquerque, and two other schools had charters renewed in 2007.

Friday's approvals bring the state's total number of charter schools to 73, the release said.

"Public school choice is important in New Mexico, and I am pleased that families have more options," Public Education Secretary Veronica C. Garcia said in the release. 

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