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Gov. Charlie Baker visits new charter school in Springfield

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It's a big step in making sure there are more opportunities for disadvantaged youth in the city. A new charter school has opened its doors in Springfield.

Governor Charlie Baker, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and several others held a ribbon-cutting today to celebrate the new location of the Phoenix Charter Academy Springfield. 

The school will be located at the Springfield Technology Park on Federal St.

Governor Baker spoke with Western Mass News about the growing demand for charter schools. Still, more than 30,000 students are waiting to get in.

"It's a bit of a disgrace for a state that sort of founded public education and has always prided itself on being a national leader in public education. We should be able to do better than that," said Baker. 

The academy focuses on empowering older, disconnected, and underserved youth.

"I think the opportunity that Phoenix provides, which made it a such an attractive place to me when I first started working, is that they were only serving kids that had dropped out of high school or were on the verge," said Baker.

Their recruitment efforts focused on reaching out to high-risk students and former dropouts in the Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke areas.This is the third school operated by Phoenix in the state. Currently, 196 students are enrolled in Springfield.

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