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Dream Diné denied charter

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FARMINGTON — Board members behind a proposed charter school near Shiprock are determining their next move after a state board denied their charter application.
The proposed Dream Diné Charter School’s application was denied during a New Mexico Public Education Commission meeting on Sept. 26 and 27 in Santa Fe.
Dream Diné was one of five charter schools seeking approval. Two applications — Health Science Academy in Gadsden and Explore Academy in Albuquerque — were approved. Dream Diné, the Columbus Community School in Columbus and the RISE New Mexico Charter School in Albuquerque were not approved.
Carolyn Shearman, chair of the state public education commission, said commission members are not commenting on any of the denied applications until written details are released later this month.
The mission of Dream Diné is integrate the Common Core state standards along with the Diné language and culture in a classroom environment. The goal, organizers say, is to allow students to remain in touch with their heritage.

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