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Foreshadowing the charter school debate

February 27, 2015 | Scot Lehigh

Charter Students Learn Dance as a Unifying Language

February 26, 2015 | Katie Ruppel

Godfrey Muwulya had never seen a flake of snow until his recent stay on the Vineyard.

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No New Commonwealth Charter Schools Approved This Year For First Time Since 1996

February 24, 2015 | Statement From Marc Kenen, Executive Director, Massachusetts Charter Public School Association

BOSTON – Today marks the end of a long and difficult application cycle that resulted in no new Commonwealth charters being awarded in the state for the first time since 1996.

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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

Yes

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

Yes

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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