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New charter schools bill faces long odds

April 1, 2016 | David Scharfenberg

Voters should get ready for a high-profile ballot fight over charter schools this fall, after a compromise bill meant to avert that fight emerged Thursday to lukewarm reviews from Governor Charlie Baker and other key players.

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Senate’s charter school bill falls short

April 1, 2016 | Boston Globe Editorial

GIVE THE STATE Senate credit for trying.

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Playing the charter school game of chance

March 31, 2016 | Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

On a Thursday night in March, a crowd gathered at Lowell Community Charter Public School to play a game of chance.

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March 31, 2016 | Marc Kenen


FOR RELEASE: March 31, 2016                                 

CONTACT:       Dominic Slowey Massachusetts Charter Public School Assoc.                                                781-710-0014


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A bad idea on charter schools

March 18, 2016 | Boston Globe Editorial

IT SOUNDS so harmless, so reasonable: the state Senate is reportedly considering whether to change the way the state accounts for charter schools, by making them a separate line item in the budget. But that’s an ominous idea disguised as a minor bookkeeping tweak.

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Annual charter school lottery draws hundreds of applicants

March 2, 2016 | Cherise Leclerc


It was a high stakes night for Holyoke parents who want their kids to attend charter school as they held their annual lottery to accept new students.

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Bitter fight brewing over Mass. charter school expansion

February 29, 2016 | David Scharfenberg

The antagonists in a bitter feud over lifting the state’s cap on charter schools appear to be careening toward a winner-take-all contest at the ballot box in November, with both sides skeptical of the Legislature’s attempt to craft a compromise before then.

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Just approved, Brockton charter school already deluged with applicants

February 26, 2016 | Johanna Seltz

The co-founder of the recently approved New Heights Charter School in Brockton said more than 600 students already have submitted applications for 315 slots available for the 2016-2017 school year – and more are pouring in daily.

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