A new Connecticut law allowing local and regional boards of education to establish a charter school within their district has Torrington officials making plans to bring a magnet school into Torrington High School within a year.
The Torrington Board of Education’s school improvement committee will Wednesday explore a new “Torrington High School school-within-a-school” option through available state start-up funding.
Effective July 1, local and regional school boards of education now have the opportunity to receive such grant money if the Department of Education believes in the district’s cost-saving and education-improving plan.
The Connecticut Department of Education also has new guidelines allowing it to deliver an annual grant up to $2,500 per out-of-district student who attends a school in the district participating in the program. Additionally, beginning in the 2013-14 fiscal year, the state’s education department can award a $500,000 grant to any town with a “newly established local charter school.”