"We've gotten a lot of variety" among the proposals, Debra Kurshan, chief turnaround officer for the state Department of Education, told CTMirror.com..
Nine of the 24 letters of interest submitted to the state by last week's deadline were for new schools in Bridgeport. Four schools are proposed for New Haven and two schools in Hartford and Windham.
Only two new charter schools have opened in the state in the last seven years, although 27 applications were filed.
If legislators decide to appropriate the $21.4 million necessary to open these schools and expand enrollment at the state's existing charter schools, it would add 1,863 new charter seats, a 29-percent increase over the next two school years.
With 1.1 percent of Connecticut students "http://sbcselpa.org/media/">currently attending charter schools, the state trails the "/">national average in the number of students in charters. But as the applications show, it's " ">valium for lack of interest.
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