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Marc Kenen: Time for bitterness toward charter schools to end

April 17, 2014 | Marc Kenen

To the editor:

We agree with former Mayor Clare Higgins in her March 28 column that the State Legislature should fully fund the program that reimburses districts for school funds they lose to charters. But, we disagree with her assessment that the creation of charters has resulted in a parallel school system that pits families against each other.

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Our view: The state’s next debate over education

April 13, 2014 | MetroWest Daily News Editorial Staff

Massachusetts’ landmark Education Reform Act of 1993 – the gold standard for America’s standards movement – was driven most effectively by a group of business leaders concerned about the quality of the workforce. From that push came uniform curriculum standards, MCAS tests, charter schools and both good and bad consequences, the good being Massachusetts’ top ranking among states on the "nation’s report card" – the National Assessment of Education Progress. No Child Left Behind, the Race to the Top and the Common Core standards followed.

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Franklin charter school embarks on expansion

March 29, 2014 | Matt Tota

State education officials this week gave the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School the green light to double its enrollment and expand its district to encompass 13 other towns.

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Hampden Charter School celebrates at MassMutual Center

March 28, 2014 | David Smith

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Hampden Charter School of Science celebrated both its fifth year anniversary and its recent charter renewal on Friday night. A dinner and reception was held at the MassMutual Center.

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Editorial: House saves the day

March 27, 2014 | Boston Herald Editorial Staff

Where there’s a will ...

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The power of an idea

March 27, 2014 | Worcester Telegram & Gazette Editorial Staff

Sometimes, the price of a victory is too high. That was the case with a proposed compromise measure that might have advanced legislation to loosen the state's cap on charter schools in some urban districts.

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House breathes new life into charter school bill

March 26, 2014 | Colleen Quinn, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

House lawmakers on Wednesday resurrected legislation that would lift the cap on charter school enrollment in underperforming school districts, adopting a new version of the bill after the Education Committee failed to agree on a proposal.

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STATEMENT BY MCPSA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MARC KENEN ON HOUSE ACTION ON LEGISLATION TO LIFT THE CAP ON CHARTER SCHOOLS

March 26, 2014 | MCPSA

Action taken today by the House of Representatives revives legislation that would lift the cap on charter public schools and provide districts with important tools to turnaround chronically underperforming district schools.

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MORE THAN 1,000 PARENT LETTERS DELIVERED TO SEN. CHANG-DIAZ IN SUPPORT OF LIFTING THE CAP ON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

March 24, 2014 | MCPSA

The Massachusetts Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) today delivered more than 1,000 letters from parents and community leaders to Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain) calling on her to support legislation lifting the cap on charter public schools.

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On Beacon Hill, upskirting trumps education

March 20, 2014 | Yvonne Abraham

If only all legislation moved through the State House as smoothly as the upskirting bill – the law prohibiting the taking of pervy snapshots — that rocketed through Beacon Hill in a single, glorious day earlier this month.

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