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Baker likes what he sees at Sturgis

November 20, 2013 | Jason Cook

HYANNIS — Sturgis Public Charter School's distinct education model and ability to draw students from off-Cape has Charles Baker interested.

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At hearing, proponents say charter schools would offer educational advantages to Fall River

November 19, 2013 | Michael Gagne

FALL RIVER —Those who support the city’s proposed charter schools told members of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Friday that Fall River’s students and parents need more education choices.

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Salem Academy turns 10

November 18, 2013 | Tom Dalton

Salem Academy Charter School celebrates its 10th anniversary this year after a decade of growth.

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At hearing proponents say charter schools would offer educational advantages to Fall River

November 15, 2013 | Michael Gagne

Those who support the city’s proposed charter schools told members of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Friday that Fall River’s students and parents need more education choices.

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LETTER: Informing the discussion on charter schools

November 15, 2013 | Robert L. Beatty

Charter schools were envisioned as centers of innovation that complement the traditional public schools. Importantly, charters should also learn from the success of local districts. The best districts and charters take these founding principles to heart.

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Boston Renaissance introduces Chinese to local students

November 15, 2013 | Sampan Newspaper

Boston Renaissance Charter Public School is not your average school.
Located in Hyde Park, classes include art, music and Mandarin. The goal is to develop a well-rounded Renaissance child.
Kindergarten students can sing the “Nihao Song” together, compare their heights and discuss the weather. “It’s raining! Xia yu le!” was repeated with gusto during a recent lesson.

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Student Wins $5,000 in Regional Business Plan Competition

November 12, 2013 | Maureen Evans, AMSA

Marlborough: Abhinav Kurada, a 10th grader from Littleton at the Advanced Math and Science Academy, and his team received first place in 2013 for an energy saving concept as part of the New England regional TYE Business Plan Competition.

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BOSTON ELECTS PRO-CHARTER MAYOR

November 5, 2013 | MCPSA

With his victory tonight, Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh has a unique opportunity to reshape public education in the City of Boston. We are eager to begin working with the
Mayor-elect to push for legislation to lift the cap on charter public schools and pursue reforms in traditional district schools that will expand high quality educational
opportunities for Boston schoolchildren.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker talks education, closing achievement gap in visit to Springfield's Veritas Preparatory Charter School

October 24, 2013 | Robert Rizzuto, The Republican

In a visit to Western Massachusetts aimed at boosting the soon-to-open Phoenix Charter Academy High School in Springfield, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker spent part of the morning touring another charter school in the city.

Veritas Preparatory Charter School on Pine Street, which is in its second year of operations, welcomed Baker, who spent time talking with students, visiting classrooms and watching lessons in progress.

"The fact that they had the kids write down arguments for both sides of the issue they were going to debate, let them pick a side and then debate with one another – that is the way you fundamentally help kids process information and think about problems," Baker said in reference to a social studies class that was discussing thecaste system. "The kids we talked to really love being here, despite the long school day."

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New Study on Charter School Demand and Effectiveness

October 24, 2013 | The Boston Foundation

A new study on Charter School Demand and Effectiveness found dramatic academic gains for children attending Boston charters.

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