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Baker should lift charter cap

January 9, 2015 | Marc Kenen

In Worcester, students at the Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School had the top MCAS scores in all of Massachusetts on the 10th-grade English test. Both Abby Kelley Foster and the city's Seven Hills Charter Public School rated in the highest category under the state accountability system that measures success at closing the race- and income-based achievement gaps.

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BAKER TO HIGHLIGHT "SPENDING PROBLEM," CHARTER SCHOOLS

January 8, 2015 | Matt Murphy, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver a speech to the Commonwealth hitting on broad themes, while addressing the signature issue that faces his administration as he takes office - a burgeoning budget gap he's inheriting from Democrats on Beacon Hill.

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GOV BAKER SET TO MAKE EDUCATION A TOP PRIORITY; EXPECTED TO ADVOCATE FOR LIFTING CAP ON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

January 8, 2015 | MCPSA

First Time That Charter Advocates Have Staunch Supporters in Governor’s Office and Mayor’s Office

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Springfield-area Charter Public Schools to Hold Enrollment Showcase on Saturday, February 7th

January 6, 2015 | MCPSA

Charter public schools in the Springfield area will hold a free information and enrollment showcase on Saturday, February 7th from 9 AM to noon at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

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Editorial: Abolish charter cap

December 22, 2014 | Boston Herald Editorial Staff

A new study confirms what we’ve been complaining about for some time now. A 2010 law that was designed to expand access to charter schools in Massachusetts has had the unfortunate effect of thwarting their growth in some communities. And a number of the bureaucratic changes that were purported to improve the law simply haven’t.

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Faceoff on Fitchburg charter school

December 12, 2014 | Anna Burgess

All community members may care about education, but right now they're not agreeing on what that education should look like.

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Public hearing invites comments on proposed UP Academy Charter School in Springfield

December 3, 2014 | Peter Goonan

The state has scheduled a public hearing on Thursday at the Brightwood Branch Library, located at Chestnut Accelerated Middle School, to consider comments regarding a proposed new charter school in Springfield being pursued by the Boston-based UP Education Network.

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Charlie Baker must address K-12 achievement gaps

December 1, 2014 | Editorial Staff

GOVERNOR-ELECT Charlie Baker is an unabashed supporter of lifting the cap on independent charter schools, a bit of a skeptic on the primacy of early childhood education, and favors tough statewide assessment tests. He has absorbed many of the lessons of the 20-year education reform movement in Massachusetts. But his election coincides with a backlash against education reform on the part of school boards, teachers unions, and some parents. This suggests a rocky start on the K-12 front for the Baker administration.

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Taking off the chains

December 1, 2014 | Editorial Board

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education last week took a step toward common sense and fairness by granting waivers to charter school proposals in Fitchburg and Brockton that had been held up by an ill-considered 2010 revision to charter-school laws.

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BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES WAIVER FOR PROPOSED BROCKTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL

November 25, 2014 | MCPSA

Proposal Will Get Full Airing; Public Hearing Set for Dec. 8

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