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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The state Board of Education approved three new charter schools but rejected three other applications.
Approved were Freedom Academy and Discovery Junior High, both in Provo, and the Academy for Math, Engineering and Science in Salt Lake City.
Denied were Ravenwood Academy in Davis County, Moab Community School in Moab and Mountain Valley Academy in Wasatch County.
The board also re-licensed Soldier Hollow Charter School in Soldier Hollow, a three-year-old school adding seventh- and eighth-grade education.
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools. They operate independently of local school districts and generally use innovative teaching methods.
Thirteen charter schools have opened in Utah since the Legislature authorized them in 1998, and two more district-approved schools are scheduled to open this fall.
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