Mitchell: Charter school expansion would hurt New Bedford’s finances


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — While a charter school in New Bedford has been given the go-ahead by the Massachusetts Board of Education to expand, the mayor is concerned it would be a financial burden on the city.

Since funding follows the student, public schools lose revenue when a child enrolls in a charter school. 

The Alma Del Mar charter school is seeking to add 450 K-8 students, which Mayor Jon Mitchell says is scaled back from its initial proposal.

“Alma proposed an expansion of some 1,188 seats, which would have been devastating financially,” Mitchell said during this week’s edition of WPRI 12’s Newsmakers.

Host Tim White has more in the video above, and the full episode of Newsmakers can been viewed here.

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