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10 Groups Submit New Charter School Prospectuses

August 2, 2013 | Department of Education

MALDEN – Ten groups submitted prospectuses to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education seeking to ultimately receive approval to open new charter schools in the Commonwealth.

After reviewing the proposals submitted this week, the Department will notify in mid-September the founding groups whose prospectuses show the most promise and invite them to submit full applications, which are due on October 25, 2013.

"Massachusetts is fortunate to have many high performing charter schools that set and meet a high standard of excellence for their students and families," said Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester. "For each prospectus, we'll look closely at how well the founding groups articulate their vision for delivering an outstanding educational program to students, and then invite final applications where appropriate."

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Lift the cap on charter schools

July 31, 2013 | Melvin B. Miller

School bells will soon be ringing and parents will once again be concerned with the quality of education for their children. This is not a problem for the affluent, who can afford the expense of private schools, but for others the choice is limited.

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Globe survey finds issues that split mayor race

July 31, 2013 | Jim O’Sullivan

The candidates were divided over whether the statewide cap on charter schools should be lifted, allowing more to open in Boston. Four candidates – Councilor at Large Felix G. Arroyo, Clemons, Councilor Rob Consalvo, and Councilor Michael P. Ross – oppose raising the limit. Five hopefuls – nonprofit executive John F. Barros, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Connolly, construction executive Bill Walczak, and Walsh – said the cap should be lifted.

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BNN-TV Presents: The Positive Youth Project

July 29, 2013 | BNN-TV

Part Two of "The Positive Youth Project" features the Young Kings Mentoring Program at the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School in Hyde Park.

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Carrying on the Mantle of Reform

July 22, 2013 | John A. Griffin

Boston schools try to stem ‘summer slide’

July 17, 2013 | Alyssa A. Botelho

‘It’s alive!” screamed 12-year-old Keyshawn Charles, holding a brown chicken egg up in the air like a trophy.

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Boston’s education mayor?

June 28, 2013 | Michael Jonas

EDUCATION MAY emerge as the central issue in the Boston mayor’s race, and not simply because the school system is one of a handful of big-city districts across the country under mayoral control.

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Charters on edge of ed reform

June 28, 2013 | William F. Weld

When Massachusetts’ landmark Education Reform Act was signed into law 20 years ago, attention was mainly focused on the massive commitment of state resources and the tough new accountability measures. The creation of charter public schools might have seemed almost an afterthought. 

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Group pushes school autonomy

June 24, 2013 | Michael Jonas

Twenty years ago this month, as Tom Menino was about to take office as Boston’s acting mayor, the state adopted the landmark 1993 education reform law.

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Charter School Bill Stirring Debate

June 24, 2013 | Grant Welker

Legislation aimed at closing achievement gaps in Massachusetts schools would make it easier to open charter schools, especially in the worst-performing districts, and give schools power to override unions o

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