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STRONG MCAS RESULTS SHOW CONTINUED NEED FOR EXPANSION OF CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

September 19, 2014 | MCPSA

Just two months after the State Senate rejected legislation to lift enrollment caps on charter public schools, MCAS results show why those caps should be lifted.

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PCSS II begins new school year in Saugus

September 14, 2014

Students at Pioneer Charter School of Science II had their first day of classes on Tuesday, Sept. 2. They will be starting their new school year in a brand new building on Main Street in Saugus after a year in a temporary location in Everett. Faculty, parents and students are looking forward to another successful academic year.

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Proposed charter school aims to resurrect Wampanoags' native tongue

September 6, 2014 | Michael Gagne

MASHPEE — Slowly but steadily, and one speaker at a time, the Wôpanâak language — the one that until dying out in the late 1800s had been spoken for centuries by the tribes that formed the Wampanoag Nation — is coming back to life.

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School lessons, for life

August 21, 2014 | Yvonne Abraham

Bummed about summer’s end? Here’s a back-to-school story to cheer you as the warmth drains away.

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End the summer slide, close the achievement gap

August 19, 2014 | Sue Thompson

AS SUMMER DRAWS to a close, teachers are returning to work to get ready for the new school year. One significant issue they will have to face, particularly those working at schools that predominantly serve students from low-income families, is the loss of reading and math skills over the long summer vacation. Historically, summer learning programs have been an afterthought for some school districts, while others have not offered a program of any kind. But now some educators and policymakers are considering additional learning time in the summer as an approach to closing stubbornly large achievement gaps between disadvantaged and advantaged students.

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New charter schools in Massachusetts under review

August 17, 2014 | Gerry Tuoti

State education officials are currently reviewing eight proposals to open new charter schools in 2015, potentially adding more than 5,000 charter seats statewide.

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Charter-school activists may seek question on 2016 Massachusetts ballot

July 30, 2014 | Matt Murphy, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

It's more than two years away, but charter-school advocates are already eyeing the 2016 ballot after the state Senate dealt a blow earlier this summer to the movement to expand enrollment in charter schools in Massachusetts.

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Approval sought for 8 charter schools

July 25, 2014 | James Vaznis

Massachusetts education officials announced Friday they had received eight proposals for new charter schools, including two that would operate as part of Boston’s school system.

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Guest Opinion: Senate took the easy — and wrong — vote on charter school cap

July 22, 2014 | Charles Chieppo and Jamie Gass

After losing the 1958 governor’s race, George Wallace, then considered a moderate on segregation by mid-20th century Alabama standards, said he would never get “out-segged” again. Four years later, after his election by the state’s virtually all white voters, it was easy for him to declare in his inaugural address, “I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say, segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

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Unapproving unreform

July 21, 2014 | Worcester Telegram & Gazette Editorial Team

Debate on a charter school reform bill in the Senate last week ended in acrimony, with charter proponents and opponents disagreeing on everything but this — it isn't likely the Legislature will do anything more with public charter schools this year.

That comes as a relief, because as unconscionable as it is that thousands of Massachusetts families continue to see their freedom of choice in education held hostage by politics, the bill from Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain) in the name of the reform would have made matters worse.

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