Public Charter School Enrollment Diverts $350,000 from Other School Budgets

When 72 Island students move to the new Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School this fall, they will take with them $370,000 from the budgets of other Island schools.

This figure is higher than expected, mainly because a key factor -- the average cost of education at existing schools -- has turned out to be greater than anticipated. State estimates of the average education costs at each Island school were released last week.

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Charter School Applications Show Strong Island Interest

The Island's new charter school has received 91 admission applications for its first semester this fall, officials said this week.

Applications came from every Island town, plus Chappaquiddick, and represent all eligible age groups.

"I think it's exciting," said school board member Charlotte Costa. "We gave out 140-some applications. To get these back is pretty good, given that it's a new school and it's something different. I was happy with that."

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Vineyard Public Charter School Opens Admissions for Fall Term

Nearly a year has passed since the state approved a charter school here, establishing an alternative educational plan for Island families. This week, organizers of the school are inviting parents to consider and maybe choose this new option for their children.

Charter school board members will distribute applications and answer questions Tuesday afternoon at the Wintertide Coffeehouse. This session will run from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in an open house-style format, and parents who are interested in the school are urged to attend.

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Student-Created Site Joins African American Trail
The Nameless Trail honors people who were enslaved on the Vineyard and those who escaped with help from Islanders.
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Advice from Arthur the Aardvark: Never Stop Daydreaming
In a playful presentation with elementary school students at the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School, Marc Brown, the creator of Arthur, looked back at his career.
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Charter School Adds Prestigious New Program to Curriculum
Bill Eville
The Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School is set to begin a new chapter in its academic development after being accepted into the International Baccalaureate program.
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Charter School Heads Outdoors to Plant New Seeds of Learning
Maia Coleman
Last Tuesday morning, three eighth-graders from the Martha’s Vineyard Charter School kneeled over a bed of arugula in the gardens of Slough Farm.
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Charter School Puts Its Own Stamp on Reopening Plans for Fall
Maia Coleman
The Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School will begin the school year with a remote curriculum fitted to its mission of project-based and individualized learning.
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Charter School Seniors Look to Make Their Mark
Aaron Wilson
Matt Gonsalves, Kathryn Cuthbert, Ethan Aubrey Taylor and Finn Cole were surprised last weekend with a presentation of their diplomas at their homes.
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Judging Success by Molding Hearts, Minds and Character
Aaron Wilson
This spring Deborah (DC) Cutrer retired from teaching math at the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School. She leaves a lasting legacy.
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