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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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NEW FEDERAL GUIDELINES ALLOW CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO HOLD WEIGHTED LOTTERIES TO PROVIDE PREFERENCES FOR EDUCATIONALLY DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN

January 30, 2014 | MCPSA

BOSTON, January 30, 2014 – Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidelines allowing charter public schools to hold “weighted” lotteries that would allow them to give preference to “educationally disadvantaged children.” The Massachusetts Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) applauds this change in policy and calls on the Legislature to change state law to allow Massachusetts charters to provide these preferences.

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Chicopee students showcase science projects

January 25, 2014

This was the Hampden Charter School of Science’s fifth annual science fair. These students hope to follow earlier graduates who now attend some of America’s top colleges for scientific study.

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Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter to Compete on WGBH's 'High School Quiz Show'

January 24, 2014 | Mary MacDonald

Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School will square off with Melrose-based Mystic Valley Regional Charter School on Saturday during the preliminary round of WGBH's "High School Quiz Show" state tournament.

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