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Lowell charter school on an MCAS mission

September 29, 2013 | Katie Lannan, Lowell Sun

In music classes at Lowell Community Charter Public School, the tune of "Feliz Navidad" becomes "The MCAS Song."

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GUEST OPINION: Lifting the charter school cap in Mass.

September 28, 2013 | Charles Chieppo and Jamie Gass, The Pioneer Institute

What did Massachusetts’ legislators and governor do between April and August this year?

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CHARTER SCHOOL GROUP DECLARES VICTORY IN BOSTON

September 25, 2013 | State House News Service

HISTORIC BOSTON PRELIMINARY ELECTION ENSURES THE CITY WILL HAVE A PRO-CHARTER MAYOR

September 25, 2013 | Marc Kenen, MCPSA

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.

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New Boston charter schools yield high MCAS scores

September 22, 2013 | James Vaznis

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.

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CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS CONTINUE PROGRESS ON CLOSING ACHIEVEMENT GAPS

September 20, 2013 | MCPSA

Data Shows Urban Charters Continue to Outperform Districts and Statewide Averages

Expansion Still Blocked in High Need Communities by Enrollment Caps

BOSTON, MASeptember 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.

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WBUR Poll Suggests A Top Tier Taking Shape In Mayoral Field

September 19, 2013 | David Scharfenberg

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.

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Test time for teachers union in mayor’s race

September 18, 2013 | Adrian Walker

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.

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Sturgis Awarded 3-Year NOAA B-WET Watershed Education Grant: Waquoit Bay as a Natural Laboratory

September 13, 2013 | Sturgis Charter Public School

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.

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Boston and the Charter School Cap

September 10, 2013 | James Peyser

Imagine you live in a city with a set of open-enrollment public schools, serving predominantly low-income children of color, where students learn at twice the rate of their peers in neighboring schoo

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