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Editorial: Abolish charter cap

December 22, 2014 | Boston Herald Editorial Staff

A new study confirms what we’ve been complaining about for some time now. A 2010 law that was designed to expand access to charter schools in Massachusetts has had the unfortunate effect of thwarting their growth in some communities. And a number of the bureaucratic changes that were purported to improve the law simply haven’t.

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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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November 25, 2014 | MCPSA

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

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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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