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The changing politics of charter schools

August 19, 2015 | The Boston Globe, Scot Lehigh

SAD NEWS for the cautious, quiescent, and status quo-inclined: Inertia and inaction are no longer effective options on charter schools.

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It's time to lift enrollment cap on charter schools: Guest viewpoint

August 13, 2015 | Beth Anderson

In Massachusetts, we pride ourselves on being the home of some of the nation's best public schools. But this great educational opportunity is not equally available to everyone. Nowhere is this clearer than in our urban centers, where more than 37,000 children are stranded on public charter school waiting lists – including more than 4,000 alone here in Springfield.

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Editorial: Charters get boost

August 10, 2015 | Boston Herald Editorial Staff

It’s the time of year when potential ballot questions — in anticipation of the 2016 ballot — are proliferating almost as fast as ragweed.

But our candidate for the most significant among them is one that would expand access to state-chartered schools — especially in those communities most in need, where regular public schools are underperforming and yet the cities have hit their mandated cap on seats.

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Charter-school proponents petition to put expansion measure on 2016 ballot

August 5, 2015 | The Boston Globe, Jeremy Fox

Charter school proponents filed a petition Wednesday for a ballot measure that would authorize the creation or expansion of up to a dozen charter schools statewide each year.

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With 37,000 Children Stuck on Waiting Lists Statewide, Parents and Educators File Initiative Petition to Allow Fair Access to Public Charter Schools

August 5, 2015

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Baker backs bid to add charter schools in Mass.

July 16, 2015 | Reporter, Travis Anderson. Publication, The Boston Globe

Governor Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he would support a ballot question to raise the state cap on charter schools, if advocates are successful in placing the initiative before voters in 2016.

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State poised to add 668 charter school seats in Boston

July 6, 2015 | Jeremy C. Fox

The state Education Department is poised to add hundreds of charter school seats in Boston, potentially loosening the logjam in a city where thousands of children remain on waiting lists.

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Your View: Pioneer Institute — Cap on charter schools needs to be lifted

June 24, 2015 | Gerard Robinson

Breathtaking results from yet another study, and the announcement that three prominent Boston lawyers plan to mount a constitutional challenge to Massachusetts’ charter public school cap, have reignited the seemingly endless debate about charter schools’ place in the commonwealth’s education mark

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Massachusetts Takes On a Failing School District

June 17, 2015 | New York Times Editorial Board

The Massachusetts public schools consistently rank at or near the top in the nation for performance on the rigorous, federally backed math and reading exams known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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Boston valedictorian didn’t let pregnancy slow her down

June 12, 2015 | Adrian Walker

Loiselle Gonzalez Baez was determined not to let history repeat itself.

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