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Education reform has worked for Mass.; it’s time for the next round

March 13, 2014 | Boston Globe Editorial

EDUCATION REFORM has been one of Massachusetts’ greatest success stories of recent decades. It has put the state’s students at the very top in the nation by virtually all measures of achievement.

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Eagan: City kids take fall in charter school limitation battle

March 13, 2014 | Boston Herald columnist Margery Eagan

In “Waiting for Superman,” the famous documentary about charter schools, hundreds of parents and kids wait, rapt, in a packed auditorium. They’re hoping to hear their names in a lottery and be among the chosen few to escape bad district schools for better charters.

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Advocates push for bill to lift cap on charter schools

March 11, 2014 | Jordan Graham, Boston Herald

Supporters of a Beacon Hill bill that would remove the cap on charter schools are pointing to a rising number of applicants in tomorrow’s Boston charter school lottery as proof of “tremendous demand.”

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Momentum for new charter schools stalls

March 9, 2014 | Michael Levenson, Boston Globe

Four years after a wave of support for charter schools swept through the State House, fueled by a competition for federal dollars, the momentum appears to have faded.

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New charter school approved for Springfield

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press

Springfield Preparatory Charter School to open in 2015

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New charter school approved in Fall River

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press

The state education board has voted to approve new charter schools in Fall River and Springfield and to grant a certificate to the founders of the state’s second virtual school.

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DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION OKS TWO NEW CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

February 25, 2014 | MCPSA

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) today approved two new Commonwealth charter public schools, in Springfield and Fall River. DESE also approved expansion of an existing Fall River charter public school, bringing that community up against the state-mandated cap on charter expansion.

The approvals mean that 1,713 new charter school seats would become available to families in those two cities.

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Charter math lesson

February 17, 2014 | Boston Herald editorial staff

If school districts have to rely on the 1 percent of the state’s K-12 education spending that covers the cost of students in charter public schools for the success or failure of their educational programming, we’re in deep trouble.

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EDUCATION COMMISSIONER RECOMMENDS APPROVAL OF TWO NEW CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

February 14, 2014 | MCPSA

New Proposals Would Add More Than 1,700 Seats in Springfield and Fall River

Zero New Seats for Boston; Fall River Reaches the Cap

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Simple truth: Charters offer choice

February 12, 2014 | Marc Kenen

Here is the simple truth about charter public schools: Districts lose money to charter schools because they lose students to charter schools. It's a straightforward concept that seems to be lost on district officials.

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