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Two more applications seek charter schools

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - Two more applications to create charter schools on island were submitted to the Guam Academy of Charter Schools Council. The Atdao Charter School application was submitted last month by Rand Coffman, while Peter Caso submitted an application for the Blue Ocean Charter Academy.

According to Council chairperson Rosa Palomo, public hearings will take place in October.  "Me need to make some decisions by October 24. That includes minus 15 days from the 60 days. That would take us to the second or third week of October. We'll have a public hearing," said Palomo.  "With the Blue Ocean application, we're looking at October 30 for our 60-day period, minus 15 days there for public hearings. So by October 15, we need to have a public hearing."

By law, applications must be submitted in the first week of August in order to be considered for the next school year, but Palomo says she will be asking for an opinion from the Attorney General's Office to determine whether these applicants may be considered despite applications being submitted weeks after the deadline.

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