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Who's the poorest? Student poverty rates at Springfield's charter schools

February 17, 2015 | Carolyn Robbins

SPRINGFIELD — Contrary to popular belief, poverty is no stranger to families who send their children to Springfield's charter schools.

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Education Commissioner Rejects Applications for New Charter Public Schools in Brockton and Fitchburg

February 13, 2015 | MCPSA

(Statement by Marc Kenen, Executive Director, Massachusetts Charter Public School Association.)

“We are deeply disappointed for families and children in Brockton and Fitchburg who are in desperate need of high quality public school choices.

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Should the state lift its cap on the number of charter schools? - Globe South

February 7, 2015


State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues, a Westport Democrat who represents Fall River, Freetown, Lakeville, Rochester, Somerset, Swansea, and Westport. He co-chairs the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Revenue.

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Should the state lift its cap on the number of charter schools? - Globe West

February 7, 2015 | John Laidler


Kristin Harrison is executive director of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham

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Families Seek Help for Charter School Enrollment

February 7, 2015 | Amanda Zwirn

The demand for a charter school in the Springfield area is at an all time high. Families looking to enroll their children came out to the Mass Mutual Center on Saturday afternoon, to the first annual charter public school showcase.

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Charter schools in high demand

February 7, 2015 | Tamara Sacharczyk

They’re not private schools, but they’re not a regular public school either.

Charter schools are separate, smaller institutions, and many parents in western Massachusetts, like Leslie Martinez, say they’re in high demand. “I would like to just open up those doors for my son and give him those opportunities. To have smaller classrooms and longer school days, the things charter schools have to offer,” she said.

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Springfield's Phoenix Charter Academy won't give up on students

January 29, 2015 | Carolyn Robbins

SPRINGFIELD — Former high school dropout Angela Gonzalez, 24, now a part-time community college student and full-time "office manager extraordinaire" at Springfield's new Phoenix Charter Academy, knows what a difference a second, third – or even a fourth chance – can make in guiding at-risk stude

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THE ARGUMENT: Should Massachusetts retain its cap on the number of charter schools?

January 18, 2015 | Ralph Carrero

NO: Education reform needs an infusion of energy geared toward narrowing race-and-income-based achievement gaps that rob some children of a fair shot at success in life.

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Leading The Way In Education Means Lifting The Charter School Cap

January 16, 2015 | Richard Whitmire

The demand by Gov. Charlie Baker in last week’s inauguration speech for more charter schools undoubtedly prompted groaning from scores of legislators still licking wounds from the charter cap battle they endured last July.

This time, it doesn’t have to play out that way.

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Column: Gov. Baker should move to lift charter school caps

January 12, 2015 | Marc Kenen

Gov. Charlie Baker has long been a strong charter school supporter, and now his challenge is to push recalcitrant legislators to do the right thing and lift the cap that is preventing charter expansion in communities like Lawrence where they are most needed.

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