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February 14, 2013

State approves process to establish tech charter schools in southern Minnesota



 Little said over the next two years, the hope is to have four schools open, although it’s too early for specifics. One school is planned for Fairmont, which will serve the Jackson, St. James, Blue Earth, Madelia and Truman areas.

As a charter school, the school’s per-pupil funding would come from the state, following those students from whatever district they are currently in.

The Waldorf school may be housed in the Waldorf school building, which has been vacant for several years. The Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton school district approved last year the sale of the building to the group for $1. But there has been discussion of setting up a lease agreement instead,  Little said.

 Little said she’s hoping for about 100 students the first year.


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