State Education Commissioner Says Gloucester Charter School May Close

GLOUCESTER (CBS) – State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is asking for an audit after hearing reports that a member of the team suppose to evaluate the Gloucester Community Arts Charter School, actually loaned the struggling school money.

Chester says the person loaned the school $75,000 and got a $2,500 fee when the school was paid by the state.

Chester spoke to WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens at the state’s Board of Education meeting Tuesday.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Chester says he may recommend the school be shut down at a board meeting next month.

“Stuff occurs that shouldn’t be occurring because you have this entity that’s like a square and for three years, we’ve been trying to shove a square into a hole,” Gloucester State Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens.

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