Charter School Public Hearings

Five charter school hearings have been scheduled within the first 10 days of December - all from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM:


  • Springfield: Tuesday 12/1
    • Springfield Public Library/Brightwood Branch, 359 Plainfield Street, Springfield
  • Brockton: Thursday, 12/3
    • Massasoit Community College/Conference Center, 770 Crescent Street, Brockton
  • Sturbridge: Monday, 12/7
    • Tantasqua High School Auditorium, 319 Brookfield Road, Fiskdale
  • Lynn: Tuesday, 12/8
    • Lynn City Hall/Council Chamber, 3 City Hall Square, 4th Floor, Lynn (rescheduled from 11/23 due to unforeseen circumstances at the Lynn City Hall)
  • Fitchburg: Thursday, 12/10
    • Fitchburg Public Library/Auditorium, 610 Main Street, Fitchburg


Please refer HERE for some of the information about the proposed Commonwealth Charter Schools.

Approval of new charter schools is scheduled for February (including discussion at the special meeting of the Board on Monday evening):

Monday, 2/22/16 - 5:00 PM (location TBD) - last year at DESE
Tuesday, 2/23/16 - 8:30 AM (location TBD) - last year at DESE

Public hearings provide an opportunity for feedback on the applications. At least one member of the BESE will attend each hearing and report back to the full Board on the testimony provided. Members of the public may also submit written comments about the final applications through January 6, 2016:

MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
c/o Charter School Office
75 Pleasant Street
Malden  MA  02148

or by eMail to: charterschools@doe.mass.edu

When writing or eMailing, please remember that the Secretary of State's Office has determined they are a public record.