After a public hearing, which lasted nearly six hours, the state Board of Education voted unanimously to approve four more charter schools Wednesday afternoon, bringing the state’s total to 22.
The Booker T. Washington Academy, in New Haven, which will serve students from pre-kindergarten through grade 3, will begin classes next fall. Also opening in time for the 2014-2015 school year will be the Great Oaks Charter School, to be operated by a company that has schools in Newark, New Jersey and New York City. Great Oaks’ first class will be approximately 100 6th graders. Eventually, Great Oaks will educate 6th through 12th graders.
Next year, Bridgeport’s sixth charter school will open its doors. The Capital Harbor Prep, run by the same group that operates the nationally acclaimed Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, will open its doors July 1, 2015. The same is true for the Stamford Charter School for Excellence.