Those in opposition to innovation schools in New Bedford seemed to greatly outnumber those in favor of the two proposals.

Both sides were allowed to say their peace concerning the Esperanza School of Language and Culture and the Renaissance Community School for the Arts at a public hearing Wednesday night.

Sandra Cunha, a member of the Esperanza Planning Committee, went on the offensive on behalf of the proposal, and suggested the city's themed Magnet School programs and the high school's Engineering Academy are comparable to innovation schools.

She adds both programs offer quality education, and wants the same opportunity for the Esperanza school.

Former city councilor George Smith questioned how necessary school positions are going to be divided between innovation schools and the larger schools they're housed in.

Over 100 people signed up to speak during the two-hour hearing. Those who did not yet speak will get their chance at a continued hearing Monday night from 6-8pm in the Keith Middle School auditorium.