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Feb 18, 1:00 AM

17 new charter schools selected

The state's education commissioner endorsed 17 of 23 pending charter school applications yesterday, including 10 that would serve students in Boston beginning next fall or in the following academic year. Opponents of charter schools, who include union officials and leaders in many school districts, say they worry that an increasing number of such schools will drain vital dollars from traditional public schools. They also argue that charter schools have exaggerated their success rates and do not serve as many English-language learners and students with special needs, assertions that charter school officials deny. But Marc Kenen, executive director of the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association, hailed Chester's endorsements and said he wished the commissioner had supported more applications.

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