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Charting difficult Democratic waters on education reform

October 22, 2014 | Scot Lehigh, Boston Globe

Brockton, Fitchburg superintendents oppose Charter school wivers

October 21, 2014 | STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE, Colleen Quinn

MALDEN -- State education officials are considering waivers for proposed charters schools in Fitchburg and Brockton that were disqualified because the school districts where they would operate are no longer among the lowest performing in the state.

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Roadblock for charter schools

October 18, 2014 | Lawrence Harmon

HAREBRAINED MOVES by the Legislature and Board of Education have flipped the world of Massachusetts charter schools upside down. Suddenly Brockton, Fitchburg, Holyoke, Fall River, and other low-income urban communities have either reached the enrollment cap or been tripped up by technicalities during efforts to open new charter schools. Meanwhile, suburban and rural communities, including Dennis-Yarmouth, Greenfield, and Spencer, suddenly are in a position to double the number of students who can attend charter schools, although no operators are currently knocking on their doors. The bottom line: It is likely that, for the first time since 1996, no new independently-run charter school will open its doors in Massachusetts.

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Proposed charter's founders look for waivers from law

October 18, 2014 | Michael Cromwell

A confusing and stunted approval process is making it difficult for a group to establish a new charter school in Fitchburg.

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BROCKTON AND FITCHBURG CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICANTS REQUEST WAIVER FROM STATE TO CONTINUE THROUGH APPLICATION PROCESS

October 17, 2014 | MCPSA

Members of the founding groups from two proposed charter public schools for Brockton and Fitchburg formally asked the state’s Education Commissioner to grant them waivers from provisions in state law and regulation that would allow their applications to move to the next round of review.

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New charter schools unlikely in Massachusetts

October 14, 2014 | Jamie Vaznis, Boston Globe

For the first time in 15 years, Massachusetts education officials probably will not be approving any new independently run charter schools this year, a prospect that is stunning proponents and applicants.

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Making those schools disappear

October 11, 2014 | Worcester Telegram & Gazette Editorial Team

Proponents of a new charter public school for northern Worcester County had barely had time to absorb the good news from state education officials — they had passed a preliminary screening and were welcome to submit a final application — when they received word that there had been a mistake.

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Seven Hills of Success

October 7, 2014 | Worcester Telegram & Gazette Editorial Team

Twenty years after comprehensive education reform brought public charter schools to Massachusetts, the state continues to have a curious dual relationship with charters: Evidence strongly suggests they have made an enormous, positive impact on public education, yet many state and local education officials remain reluctant to unleash the full power that charters have to transform education.

A portrait of Worcester's Seven Hills Charter Public School in the Oct. 5 Sunday Telegram exemplifies the success charters enjoy.

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Editorial: Bad charter change

October 6, 2014 | Herald Staff

As predicted, a misguided policy change by state education leaders has led to a situation that pits families in urban school districts who want to send their kids to charter schools against suburban and rural communities who may have no need for new charters. And all because this state’s elected leaders are too afraid to challenge the powerful education establishment by lifting the arbitrary cap that limits charters in the first place.

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It’s all about college at Phoenix Charter Academy in Chelsea

October 5, 2014 | Kathy McCabe

Jordan Bazmore travels 90 minutes each way — on two MBTA buses and an Orange Line train — between his home in Roxbury and Phoenix Charter Academy in Chelsea.

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