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Mayor, Others Question City on a Hill Charter School Proposal

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Mayor Jon Mitchell questioned the effectiveness the proposed City on a Hill Charter School would have on students in New Bedford.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education held a hearing in the city Thursday night, and listened to the opinions of officials and concerned residents regarding the Boston-based charter school’s proposal to locate in New Bedford.

Mayor Mitchell says City on a Hill may work in Boston, but failing students don’t have the same opportunities here in New Bedford.

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Mitchell also questioned the school’s funding, saying the money stays with the charter school if a student drops out.

New Bedford Educator’s Association President Lou St. John says City on a Hill’s track record speaks for itself.

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Last night was one of eight hearings the DESE is holding across the state on the eleven charter schools proposed for the Commonwealth.

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