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Faceoff on Fitchburg charter school

December 12, 2014 | Anna Burgess

All community members may care about education, but right now they're not agreeing on what that education should look like.

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Public hearing invites comments on proposed UP Academy Charter School in Springfield

December 3, 2014 | Peter Goonan

The state has scheduled a public hearing on Thursday at the Brightwood Branch Library, located at Chestnut Accelerated Middle School, to consider comments regarding a proposed new charter school in Springfield being pursued by the Boston-based UP Education Network.

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Charlie Baker must address K-12 achievement gaps

December 1, 2014 | Editorial Staff

GOVERNOR-ELECT Charlie Baker is an unabashed supporter of lifting the cap on independent charter schools, a bit of a skeptic on the primacy of early childhood education, and favors tough statewide assessment tests. He has absorbed many of the lessons of the 20-year education reform movement in Massachusetts. But his election coincides with a backlash against education reform on the part of school boards, teachers unions, and some parents. This suggests a rocky start on the K-12 front for the Baker administration.

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Taking off the chains

December 1, 2014 | Editorial Board

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education last week took a step toward common sense and fairness by granting waivers to charter school proposals in Fitchburg and Brockton that had been held up by an ill-considered 2010 revision to charter-school laws.

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BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES WAIVER FOR PROPOSED BROCKTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL

November 25, 2014 | MCPSA

Proposal Will Get Full Airing; Public Hearing Set for Dec. 8

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DIVIDED BOARD OF ED ADVANCES BROCKTON CHARTER APPLICATION

November 25, 2014 | Colleen Quinn, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

Against the wishes of local school officials, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education granted a waiver Tuesday to a proposed charter school in Brockton, allowing the applicant to continue in the approval process.

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UP Academy Charter School applies to inherit Springfield district middle school following school committee approval

November 14, 2014 | Laura Newberry

The Boston-based UP Education Network has won permission from The Springfield School Committee to submit an application to the state, a big step that could lead to the organization adopting one of the city's chronically under-performing schools.

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Fall River school officials outline plan to use more than $900,000 in charter reimbursements

November 7, 2014 | Michael Gagne

School officials have a plan for how to use the additional $911,000 city allocation the district is receiving from an increase in state charter school tuition reimbursements for the current school year.

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Proposed charter school for Fitchburg area gets new life

November 5, 2014 | James Vaznis

Massachusetts education officials on Wednesday raised the possibility that they could approve the opening of a new independent charter school in the coming months, elevating a previously sidelined proposal to finalist.

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What would Horace do?

October 25, 2014 | Editorial Board

Faced with a problem largely of its own making, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education this week at least left the door ajar to granting waivers for public charter school proposals in Fitchburg and Brockton. It's not at all clear the board will do so, but fairness, logic, and even the guiding spirit of public education, demand no less.

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