Charter schools to be awarded nearly $16 Millon

Residents will have a chance to vote on charter school come November 8th

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The state just awarded Charter Schools nearly $16-million dollars in federal funding to build new schools.

The U.S department of Education announced on Thursday, the department of elementary and secondary education will receive the funding over 3-years. The federal funds are in support of opening new charter schools. Massachusetts is 1 of 8 states across the country to receive funding.

Laura Curran, of Northampton said “I think Charter schools can be a great thing, but the fact they’re funded by our cities and towns is not such a good thing.”

Graham Ledwell, of Amherst said, “Charter Schools are sometimes good for kids with learning disabilities, like myself. It did me a lot of good.”

In order for existing charter schools to get money, the department of education would have to request a waiver from the state.

There are 78 charter schools in Massachusetts. Residents will have a chance to vote on charter school come November 8th.