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Greenfield School Board May Reverse Decision To Close State’s Only Virtual School

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GREENFIELD (CBS) – The Greenfield School Committee is poised to reverse its earlier decision to shut down the Commonwealth’s only public virtual school.

When the committee voted several weeks ago to close the Massachusetts Virtual Academy, committee members like Doris Doyle heard from parents and students across the state.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

“These kids were devastated,” Doyle said. “More than one wrote us letters.”

The school educates close to 500 students from kindergarten to 9th grade across the state.

A law passed in January gives the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education authority over future Massachusetts virtual schools.

Greenfield School Committee says the department of elementary and secondary education does not support the school and the mayor believes the state should take up the responsibility of running the virtual school program.

Since then, the state eased some requirements and Doyle says the committee is expected to vote Thursday to keep the virtual school open.

Debra Glidden of Lynn, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens that the school has been great for her granddaughter.

“This program is better, the curriculum is more rigorous and she’s getting a better education,” Glidden said.

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