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Salt Lake School District to Consider New Charter School

Salt Lake School District to Consider New Charter School



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Salt Lake School District is considering creating a new charter school in hopes of cultivating students' interest in science.

The Salt Lake Center for Science Education would serve grades six through nine. It could be located at the old Northwest Middle School in Rose Park. It would focus on the real-life application of science and serve as a resource for science teachers throughout the district.

If approved, the school would open its doors in fall 2008. It would be a lab school and serve about 240 students.

The school would operate in partnership with the University of Utah and students would be provided with mentors who are scientists, educators and community leaders.

District leaders say the goal of the school would be to help students develop good critical-thinking abilities and problem-solving skills through involvement in authentic science experiences.

The proposal is preliminary, but district leaders want to ensure state charter funding is available by submitting their request early enough to be included under the charter enrollment cap. State charter school enrollment growth numbers are capped at 5,000 additional seats in both old and new schools.

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