Delaware officials approved four new charter schools Thursday, rejected one application, placed two charters set to open this fall under tight scrutiny over enrollment concerns and allowed an existing school to shrink its enrollment targets.
The four charter school proposals approved by Secretary of Education Mark Murphy and the State Board of Education are: Freire Charter School, Delaware STEM Academy, Great Oaks Charter School and the Mapleton Charter School at Whitehall.
All of them are set to open in Fall 2015 except for Whitehall, which would open in 2016, and all are in New Castle County.
"The charters that we are recommending for approval today represent a geographic diversity of locations – two schools in Wilmington, one in southern New Castle County and one in [Appoquinimink]," Murphy said. "They are providing unique instructional models that are not currently available to students."