Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

February 14, 2014

State denies STEAM Studio charter

By Dustin Luca
dluca@eagletribune.com

---- — ANDOVER — The controversial STEAM Studio charter school proposal has been denied a go-ahead from the state.

The technology-focused high school being spearheaded by School Committee member David Birnbach failed to earn the recommendation of Mitchell Chester, commissioner of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, it was announced yesterday.

Without Chester’s recommendation, STEAM Studio’s hopes of opening in town this fall have been dashed.

Specific details on why the commissioner rejected the application were not released yesterday, pending notification of the school’s founders.

Birnbach, in an email last night, thanked the state Department of Education for its consideration as well as “parents and students throughout the Merrimack Valley for their interest.”

“(We) are inspired by the support we have received locally and nationally,” he said. “In the next few months, we will update the community about our plans going forward.”

— For a full report, read tomorrow's Eagle-Tribune and next week's Andover Townsman.