Charter schools seek permission to open in West Virginia

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In this April 13, 2011 photo, Joya Powell, foreground, conducts a Hip Hop class at the Mott Haven Academy Charter School, in the Bronx borough of New York. The school is trying to chart a course for others nationwide with a program designed to give foster children better odds at a good future. The school is sponsored by a citywide private child welfare agency, the New York Foundling. Foundling Executive Director Bill Baccaglini says the Foundling’s Bronx Community Services shares the building with the school. Thus, there are always more than 200 counselors on call to help students individually. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The chairman of a new West Virginia charter schools board says seven charter schools are seeking permission to open in the state.

Chairman Adam Kissel tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail they include three statewide online schools that would serve kindergarten through 12th grades and four brick-and-mortar charter schools.

Legislation approved earlier this year created the new state-level charter board.

State law allows for two virtual statewide charter schools.

The board can approve a brick-and-mortar charter to open in a county even if it’s opposed by a local school board.

Two are proposed for the Eastern Panhandle and others are proposed near Morgantown and in Nitro.

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