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Senate’s charter school bill falls short

April 1, 2016 | Boston Globe Editorial

GIVE THE STATE Senate credit for trying.

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Playing the charter school game of chance

March 31, 2016 | Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

On a Thursday night in March, a crowd gathered at Lowell Community Charter Public School to play a game of chance.

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A bad idea on charter schools

March 18, 2016 | Boston Globe Editorial

IT SOUNDS so harmless, so reasonable: the state Senate is reportedly considering whether to change the way the state accounts for charter schools, by making them a separate line item in the budget. But that’s an ominous idea disguised as a minor bookkeeping tweak.

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Annual charter school lottery draws hundreds of applicants

March 2, 2016 | Cherise Leclerc


It was a high stakes night for Holyoke parents who want their kids to attend charter school as they held their annual lottery to accept new students.

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Bitter fight brewing over Mass. charter school expansion

February 29, 2016 | David Scharfenberg

The antagonists in a bitter feud over lifting the state’s cap on charter schools appear to be careening toward a winner-take-all contest at the ballot box in November, with both sides skeptical of the Legislature’s attempt to craft a compromise before then.

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Just approved, Brockton charter school already deluged with applicants

February 26, 2016 | Johanna Seltz

The co-founder of the recently approved New Heights Charter School in Brockton said more than 600 students already have submitted applications for 315 slots available for the 2016-2017 school year – and more are pouring in daily.

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State approves expanded charter schools in Boston

February 24, 2016 | Jeremy C. Fox

State officials approved Tuesday the expansion of four charter schools in Boston and one in Everett, and the creation of charter schools in Brockton and Springfield.

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Brockton charter is a first

February 24, 2016 | Michael Jonas

Yesterday’s vote by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to approve two new charter schools and allow the expansion of three existing charters included one particularly noteworthy dimension: It marked the first time the state has authorized a charter school in Brockton.

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