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Veritas Prep Charter School begins 4th year in Springfield

September 5, 2015 | Carolyn Robbins

SPRINGFIELD — Veritas Prep Charter School is celebrating its fourth year at full student capacity of 324 students in Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 as it looks ahead to sending its first four-year graduates onto high school and beyond.

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Gov. Baker calls charter schools a model, not a rival: Viewpoint

September 4, 2015 | Ron Chimelis

Rolling through Springfield on Thursday, Governor Charlie Baker was asked to respond to concerns in some communities that charter schools, for all their well-intentioned goals, are siphoning support and attention from the traditional public school system.

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Baker re-affirming commitment to school choice

August 28, 2015 | Colin A. Young

BOSTON (State House News Service) – As he prepares charter school legislation he plans to file this fall, Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday said expanding school choice options for Massachusetts students and families will be a goal of his administration’s first term.

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Movement afoot to expand charter schools in Massachusetts

August 26, 2015 | Jim Hand

The state Legislature has blocked efforts to expand the number of charter schools in Massachusetts so supporters want to take their case directly to the people.

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Guest MINDSETTER ™ Marc Kenen: The Financial Impact of Charters Overstated

August 24, 2015 | Marc Kenen, MCPSA

Supporters of public charter schools recently filed a ballot question for the November 2016 election that would allow for measured relief from arbitrary enrollment caps, and already local officials are warning of Armageddon.

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Children deserve great public schools

August 19, 2015 | Telegram, AnnMarie O'Connor Little

Here in Massachusetts, we are reminded of our good fortune in so many ways. We have a well-educated, economically successful population. We have prominent health institutions and universities. And, most importantly, we have public schools that rank among the very best in the nation.

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The changing politics of charter schools

August 19, 2015 | The Boston Globe, Scot Lehigh

SAD NEWS for the cautious, quiescent, and status quo-inclined: Inertia and inaction are no longer effective options on charter schools.

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It's time to lift enrollment cap on charter schools: Guest viewpoint

August 13, 2015 | Beth Anderson

In Massachusetts, we pride ourselves on being the home of some of the nation's best public schools. But this great educational opportunity is not equally available to everyone. Nowhere is this clearer than in our urban centers, where more than 37,000 children are stranded on public charter school waiting lists – including more than 4,000 alone here in Springfield.

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Editorial: Charters get boost

August 10, 2015 | Boston Herald Editorial Staff

It’s the time of year when potential ballot questions — in anticipation of the 2016 ballot — are proliferating almost as fast as ragweed.

But our candidate for the most significant among them is one that would expand access to state-chartered schools — especially in those communities most in need, where regular public schools are underperforming and yet the cities have hit their mandated cap on seats.

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Charter-school proponents petition to put expansion measure on 2016 ballot

August 5, 2015 | The Boston Globe, Jeremy Fox

Charter school proponents filed a petition Wednesday for a ballot measure that would authorize the creation or expansion of up to a dozen charter schools statewide each year.

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