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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
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 schooRead More
What did your legislators and governor do between April and August this year?Read More
Rachel Hunt was the driving force behind the creation of Salem Academy Charter School and served as its first head of school, a title she still holds.
Over the past decade, the grade 6-12 independent public school has received many honors and accolades.Read More
The good news? There are fewer children languishing on waiting lists for a spot at a charter public school in Massachusetts than previously believed.
The truly depressing news?Read More
Massachusetts has learned a few things through 20 years of education reform:Read More
NEW BEDFORD — If you build it, they will come. But what happens if they're already here, you need to build it and you're worried about finding the money?Read More