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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Museum plans charter school, loses public school field trips


Worcester (Mass.) public school students won't be going on field trips to nearby Old Sturbridge Village any more, reports Neal McNamara on Patch. The school committee is angry because the living-history museum, which depicts life in 1830s New England, is sponsoring a new charter school that "will cost the district millions."


Opponents also complain the school will lease space from the Archdiocese of Worcester, which "has butted heads with Worcester Public Schools over its sex ed curriculum," writes McNamara. The conflict lead to a district school terminating its lease of a former Catholic school building.


Worcester Cultural Academy will open in the fall with 360 K-4 students (the planners hope) and grow into a K-8 school. The living-history museum will partner with EL Education to run the school.


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