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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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MCAS results reveal the Senate's shame

September 28, 2014 | Editorial Board

For Democrat lawmakers in the Massachusetts Senate who doubted the importance of public charter schools in improving educational opportunities for minority children, MCAS results released this week should jolt them to pragmatism over politics.

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Teamwork pays off for Lowell charter school on MCAS

September 23, 2014 | Amelia Pak-Harvey

Pulling itself up even further from the brink of failure it once faced, Lowell Community Charter Public School has reached the highest achievement level in state testing for the third year in a row.

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