Thursday, September 13, 2007

NM Charters "Media Arts Collaborative Charter School"

From the Santa Fe New Mexican:
Education: State denies 9 charter requests
One Albuquerque application approved; two S.F. schools among those tossed out

The state Public Education Commission on Wednesday denied all but one application for new state-chartered schools in New Mexico.

Among this year’s applicants were two that would have been located in Santa Fe, the New Mexico School for the Arts and the Multiple Intelligences-Middle College.

The Media Arts Collaborative Charter School in Albuquerque was the only school approved of the 10 schools that submitted applications. “I’m just floored,” said Colleen Gorman, one founder of the school. “I’m just reeling.”

Read more at The Santa Fe New Mexican
From the NM Film Office Website:

State Grants Charter to Albuquerque Media Arts School
Contact: Janet Bridgers, (805) 487-2999;

Santa Fe, September 12 (2007)---The State of New Mexico’s Public Education Commission (NM-PEC) today granted its first charter to the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School (MACCS) in Albuquerque. The charter was granted at a final hearing by PEC held here today, which voted unanimously to approve the charter. The charter school serving grades 9-12 will be open next fall to 125 ninth and tenth graders, offering them a curriculum integrating the state standards required for high school graduation with a wide range of media arts subjects.

MACCS will be the first media arts high school of its kind in the Southwest and one of a select few across the nation. “We’re delighted to be granted the charter and proud that MACCS is the first state-chartered charter school,” said Patti Gladstone, chair of the MACCS’ Interim Governance Council (IGC). “In the next decade,” Gladstone said, “MACCS will offer more than two thousand New Mexico high school students a previously unavailable opportunity to learn state-of-the-art media technology, based in solid language arts and media literacy, in one of four concentration areas— journalism, television/radio, digital film and web design/animation...”

Prior to 2007, all charter schools in New Mexico came under the jurisdiction of a local school district. The NM-PEC began taking applications for state-chartered schools this summer, following passage of SB600 by the State Legislature in 2006

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