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Rocketship Blasting Beyond California Orbit

San Jose, Calif.-based Rocketship Education on Wednesday announced it would be expanding its hybrid charter school model by opening eight schools in Milwaukee, beginning in the fall of 2013.

The move comes less than three months after the Santa Clara County school board (Calif.) approved the opening of 20 additional charter schools between 2013 and 2016 in the region near San Jose, where the charter management organization has already established five schools. It's also launching schools elsewhere in the Bay Area.

Jason Tomassini's post over on the new Marketplace K-12 Blog addresses the news in greater detail.

From a digital perspective, it's worth noting that this is the second time since the new year that one of the rock stars of the scene has announced a major expansion. In January, the creators of the New York -based School of One announced the launch of their new nonprofit organization, which will allow them to create similar models at both charter and district public schools in Chicago, McGinnis Middle School in Perth Amboy, N.J., and a third city yet to be named.

Hopefully, this won't get all East Coast vs. West Coast.

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