Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


September 19, 2013

Charter school raising questions; Birnbach vows to continue serving students

Birnbach vows to continue serving students



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STEAM Studio Charter School, a STEM and arts- and design-enhanced school for a maximum of 450 students in grades nine to 12, is one of 10 seeking approval in the state.

In early October, the state will select any number of the proposals to submit formal applications for consideration, according to JC Considine, a spokesman for the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Those invited to apply will have until Oct. 25 to complete their paperwork, after which there will be a public comment period and a full review and interview process, Considine said.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will vote on the applications in February.

While restrictions may be established for how many charter schools can operate in any one community, there are no limits on how many charter programs may be approved each year by the state, Considine said.

In addition to veteran School Committee member David Birnbach, the team behind STEAM Studio includes various technology- and education-focused professionals.


For the complete text of letters exchanged between School Committee Chairman Dennis Forgue and School Committee member and STEAM Studio proponent David Birnbach, see


David Birnbach Response to Dennis Forgue

Dennis Forgue Letter to David Birnbach


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