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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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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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