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WBUR Poll Suggests A Top Tier Taking Shape In Mayoral Field

September 19, 2013 | David Scharfenberg

Boston voters, the survey found, are tough graders. Just 4 percent gave the Boston Public Schools an “A” grade. Twenty-six percent gave them a “B”, 38 percent a “C,” 14 percent a “D” and 5 percent an “F.”

That may help to explain the voters’ penchant for charter schools.

Sixty-one percent say the cap on charter schools should be lifted, with just 22 percent saying it should be kept in place — a split that bodes well for candidates like Connolly and Conley who have backed charter school expansion.

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Test time for teachers union in mayor’s race

September 18, 2013 | Adrian Walker

Do unions still wield muscle in local elections? Richard Stutman hopes so.

The president of the Boston Teachers Union, at least, thinks his group has the clout to make a difference in a close mayoral primary.

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Sturgis Awarded 3-Year NOAA B-WET Watershed Education Grant: Waquoit Bay as a Natural Laboratory

September 13, 2013 | Sturgis Charter Public School

Sturgis Charter Public School is one of nine educational programs in New England to receive a 2013 Award for New England Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program.

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Boston and the Charter School Cap

September 10, 2013 | James Peyser

Imagine you live in a city with a set of open-enrollment public schools, serving predominantly low-income children of color, where students learn at twice the rate of their peers in neighboring schoo

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State flunks charter school test

September 6, 2013 | Jim Stergios

What did your legislators and governor do between April and August this year?

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Hunt: A charter school leader

September 6, 2013 | TOM DALTON

Rachel Hunt was the driving force behind the creation of Salem Academy Charter School and served as its first head of school, a title she still holds.

Over the past decade, the grade 6-12 independent public school has received many honors and accolades.

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Same old charter wars

September 4, 2013 | Boston Herald Editorial

The good news? There are fewer children languishing on waiting lists for a spot at a charter public school in Massachusetts than previously believed.

The truly depressing news?

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Editorial: The next step in education reform

August 18, 2013 | Editorial

Massachusetts has learned a few things through 20 years of education reform:

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As New Bedford charter schools grow, they also look for funding

August 17, 2013 | Natalie Sherman

NEW BEDFORD — If you build it, they will come. But what happens if they're already here, you need to build it and you're worried about finding the money?

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Lawmaker open to lifting the cap on charter schools in some communities

August 15, 2013 | Colleen Quinn, State House News Service

As Boston opened its last allowable charter school on Monday and other communities bump up against limits, state lawmakers could be willing to lift the cap in some districts, a top lawmaker who helps steer education policy said Thursday.

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