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Fortune charter school to open in North Sacramento

Margaret Fortune’s network of charter schools, which aims to narrow the achievement gap of African Americans, won approval this week to open a new campus in North Sacramento.
Margaret Fortune’s network of charter schools, which aims to narrow the achievement gap of African Americans, won approval this week to open a new campus in North Sacramento. Sacramento Bee file

A charter school network run by Margaret Fortune will open a North Sacramento campus next school year.

Fortune School of Education won unanimous approval Tuesday from the Sacramento County Board of Education to establish Hazel Mahone College Prep, according to Tim Herrera, Sacramento County Office of Education spokesman.

The school at 3750 Rosin Court will be within Twin Rivers Unified School District boundaries.

It is the fifth school in a countywide charter approved by the Sacramento County Office of Education board in February 2011. The charter allows the Fortune School of Education to open one school a year for five years.

County superintendent David Gordon recommended approval of the fifth school location.

The countywide charter also includes Fortune School and William Lee College Prep in south Sacramento; Alan Rowe College Prep in Elk Grove; and Ephraim Williams College Prep Middle School in Oak Park. Fortune School also operates Hardy Brown College Prep in San Bernardino.

Hazel Mahone College Prep is expected to open Aug. 19 with 190 students in transitional kindergarten through second grade. It will expand one grade a year until it serves students through eighth grade.

The school will be in a 20,000- to 25,000-square-foot space that will have 20 classrooms and a food service area, as well as middle school and elementary school multipurpose areas, according to information provided to SCOE.

The school is named after Hazel Mahone, a former school district superintendent and professor at California State University, Sacramento.

Call The Bee’s Diana Lambert, (916) 321-1090. Follow her on Twitter @dianalambert.

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