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STATEMENT BY MCPSA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MARC KENEN ON HOUSE ACTION ON LEGISLATION TO LIFT THE CAP ON CHARTER SCHOOLS

March 26, 2014 | MCPSA

Action taken today by the House of Representatives revives legislation that would lift the cap on charter public schools and provide districts with important tools to turnaround chronically underperforming district schools.

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MORE THAN 1,000 PARENT LETTERS DELIVERED TO SEN. CHANG-DIAZ IN SUPPORT OF LIFTING THE CAP ON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

March 24, 2014 | MCPSA

The Massachusetts Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) today delivered more than 1,000 letters from parents and community leaders to Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain) calling on her to support legislation lifting the cap on charter public schools.

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On Beacon Hill, upskirting trumps education

March 20, 2014 | Yvonne Abraham

If only all legislation moved through the State House as smoothly as the upskirting bill – the law prohibiting the taking of pervy snapshots — that rocketed through Beacon Hill in a single, glorious day earlier this month.

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Business leaders in last-minute push for charter schools

March 18, 2014 | Mary Moore

Nearly 150 business leaders in Massachusetts have signed a letter addressed to legislative leaders, urging the state’s Joint Committee on Education to approve legislation that would lift the cap on charter public schools in some of the lowest performing school districts.

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Hub lawmaker should listen to voters, not unions

March 17, 2014 | Jim Stergios
Since last year, legislation to lift the cap on public charter schools in Boston and other low-performing Massachusetts school districts has been stalled.
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Fiscal arguments against lifting the charter cap are over-stated

March 17, 2014 | Samuel R. Tyler

Parents in Boston and other Massachusetts cities are waiting to see if a bill that would extend greater flexibilities to underperforming district schools and lift the cap on charter public schools in low-performing districts makes it out of the Legislature’s Joint Education Committee by the March 19 deadline.

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Editorial: Cash vs. kids in battle over more charter schools

March 16, 2014 | The Eagle-Tribune Editorial Staff

Tens of thousands of kids are on waiting lists for charter schools in Massachusetts.

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Our View: Lift the charter school cap

March 15, 2014 | Herald News Editorial Staff

Charter schools have gained greater acceptance in educational circles — delivering impressive results and innovative ways of educating a wide variety of learners — and they are no longer just an experiment. While there have been problems with some charter schools, most have proven track records.

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Freedom now

March 14, 2014 | Worchester Telegram & Gazette Editorial

The growth of charter schools has been the most promising and liberating development in public education in recent decades, and has been embraced with fervor by urban and minority families for whom charters have offered a pathway out of the sometimes hopeless public schools that have trapped gene

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Winning the ed lottery

March 14, 2014 | Boston Herald Editorial Staff

Charter schools throughout the state held their annual lotteries Wednesday afternoon — randomly selecting students for the limited number of slots in their starting grades.

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