NEW FLASH!!... Academy for the Whole Child has received the green light from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to go forward with the application process!
Earlier this month we were told we couldn't go forward because of a technicality in the law that prioritizes charter schools to be located in the 10% lowest performing districts. As a result, we submitted a waiver request to the DESE to reconsider their decision. In response, the DESE said that we could go forward if we redesign a service region of communities that meet the requirements of the law.
With some minor changes, we submitted a proposed region that includes the communities: Fitchburg, Leominster, Athol-Royalston, Gardner, Orange, Winchendon, and Clinton. The DESE has confirmed that this proposed region meets the lowest 10% criterion and therefore a waiver is not required to allow the Board to consider the application.
A4WCCS Founders October 30, 2014