Seven new charter schools were approved and the applications for seven others were denied Thursday by the state Public Education Commission.
The actions came during a commission meeting in Albuquerque, according to a news release from the state Public Education Department.
The seven approvals bring the total number of charter schools in New Mexico to 80, the news release said. Applicants who were denied have 30 days to appeal the decision to Public Education Department Secretary Veronica C. Garcia.
The Public Education Commission approved the following charter school applications:
- The ASK Academy, Rio Rancho
- The Albuquerque Sign Language Academy, Albuquerque
- South Valley Preparatory School, Albuquerque
- Albuquerque School of Excellence, Albuquerque
- Tierra Adentro: The New Mexico School of Academics, Art, and Artesanía, Albuquerque
- The MASTERS Program, Santa Fe
- Taos Integrated School of the Arts, Taos
The following applications were denied:
- Organ Mountain Community School, Las Cruces
- Senator Dennis Chavez Academy, Las Cruces
- New Mexico School for Architecture, Construction, and Engineering, Albuquerque
- Center for Inquiry Southwest, Albuquerque
- Kaplan Academy of New Mexico, Albuquerque
- Sandia Academy, Albuquerque
- Luna Charter Academy, Las Vegas
The news release also said that Gallup Montessori School from Gallup and Sage Charter School from Albuquerque withdrew their applications.