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In music classes at Lowell Community Charter Public School, the tune of "Feliz Navidad" becomes "The MCAS Song."Read More
What did Massachusetts’ legislators and governor do between April and August this year?Read More
Election Creates New Momentum For Eliminating Enrollment Caps
Statement by Marc Kenen, Executive Director MCPSA
BOSTON - Yesterday’s Mayoral election in Boston was an historic one for charter public schools. No matter who wins, Boston will have a pro-charter Mayor.
The two elected finalists, Marty Walsh and John Connolly, are both strong advocates for charter schools. Both support the elimination of the charter school cap; both support leasing underutilized district buildings to charters; both support equal funding for charter and district students; both support deepening the work of the Boston Compact collaboration between charter and district schools.
Many Boston charter schools that have opened additional campuses frequently scored higher than state averages on last spring’s MCAS, a sign that high performance can be sustained as more students enroll, according to a Globe review of data released Friday.Read More
Data Shows Urban Charters Continue to Outperform Districts and Statewide Averages
Expansion Still Blocked in High Need Communities by Enrollment Caps
BOSTON, MA – September 20, 2013 – Massachusetts charter public schools continued to put underserved children on the path to college with many schools that serve mainly low-income and minority children achieving the state’s highest academic rankings.
Sixty percent of charters were rated Level 1 schools on the state’s accountability system, which measures success at closing race-and-income-based achievement gaps. Of the 53 schools that received an accountability level, 32 charters were rated Level 1, 18 Level 2 and 4 Level 3.
More than 70 percent of Boston charters were rated Level 1 compared to 21% of district schools. Two-thirds of schools in Boston were rated Level 3 or below compared to 7% of charters.Read More
Boston voters, the survey found, are tough graders. Just 4 percent gave the Boston Public Schools an “A” grade. Twenty-six percent gave them a “B”, 38 percent a “C,” 14 percent a “D” and 5 percent an “F.”
That may help to explain the voters’ penchant for charter schools.
Sixty-one percent say the cap on charter schools should be lifted, with just 22 percent saying it should be kept in place — a split that bodes well for candidates like Connolly and Conley who have backed charter school expansion.Read More
Do unions still wield muscle in local elections? Richard Stutman hopes so.
The president of the Boston Teachers Union, at least, thinks his group has the clout to make a difference in a close mayoral primary.Read More
Sturgis Charter Public School is one of nine educational programs in New England to receive a 2013 Award for New England Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program.Read More