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Turkish charter schools growing as some question cleric ties

EVERETT – A group of Turkish-born educators running Everett’s Pioneer Charter School of Science is poised to open another school, adding to a growing number of math- and science-focused charter schools across the country operated by Turkish-Americans.

Last Friday, Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester recommended that the state approve a second ­Pioneer school for grades 7 through 12, which would open in the fall in Saugus and serve more than 300 students. Chester did not endorse Pioneer’s other application for a similar school planned for Woburn. Pioneer’s two proposed schools are among 11 charter school applications the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will vote on at its Feb. 26 meeting.

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