Charter News

Proposed charter's founders look for waivers from law

October 18, 2014 | Michael Cromwell

A confusing and stunted approval process is making it difficult for a group to establish a new charter school in Fitchburg.

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New charter schools unlikely in Massachusetts

October 14, 2014 | Jamie Vaznis, Boston Globe

For the first time in 15 years, Massachusetts education officials probably will not be approving any new independently run charter schools this year, a prospect that is stunning proponents and applicants.

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New charter schools in Massachusetts under review

August 17, 2014 | Gerry Tuoti

State education officials are currently reviewing eight proposals to open new charter schools in 2015, potentially adding more than 5,000 charter seats statewide.

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Charter-school activists may seek question on 2016 Massachusetts ballot

July 30, 2014 | Matt Murphy, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

It's more than two years away, but charter-school advocates are already eyeing the 2016 ballot after the state Senate dealt a blow earlier this summer to the movement to expand enrollment in charter schools in Massachusetts.

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Approval sought for 8 charter schools

July 25, 2014 | James Vaznis

Massachusetts education officials announced Friday they had received eight proposals for new charter schools, including two that would operate as part of Boston’s school system.

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Statement by MCPSA Executive Director Marc Kenen on Senate Rejection of Legislation to Lift the Cap on Charter Public Schools

July 16, 2014 | MCPSA

The Senate’s rejection of legislation to lift the cap on charter public schools is an affront to parents whose children are trapped in underperforming district schools. An opportunity to expand access to high performing public schools has been lost.

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Charter cap lift effort dies in the Senate after votes hailed by Teachers Union.

July 16, 2014 | Matt Murphy, State House News Service

In a blow to the charter school movement in Massachusetts, the Senate on Thursday soundly rejected legislation that would have gradually lifted the cap on charter enrollment in poorly performing school districts, derailing an attempt this year to expand schooling options in primarily urban districts like Boston.

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Poll finds hunger for more charter schools

July 1, 2014 | Jamie Vaznis, Boston Globe

Charter school advocates, in a last-minute push to raise the state limit on the number of seats in such schools, are releasing a poll Tuesday that they say shows widespread appetite among Boston families for more of them.

The poll, sponsored by the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association, found that 62 percent of adult respondents from households with children support raising the state cap on the number of students that can enroll in charter schools.

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Charter backers urge Senate to act on House bill

June 30, 2014 | Matt Murphy, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

Charter school advocates rallied on Beacon Hill Monday for expansion legislation that has already cleared the House, pressing the importance of tackling the issue by the end of July and reminding lawmakers that the bill does more than simply lift the cap on enrollment.

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Panel’s vote reaffirms charter school formula

June 25, 2014 | Jamie Vaznis, Boston Globe

In a move blasted by charter school advocates, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education refused Tuesday to abandon a new way of determining which districts get more charter schools and even voted to bolster the use of a controversial set of data.

The decision ultimately means that efforts to double charter school enrollment in cities such as Worcester and Somerville will grind to a halt because they no longer rank in the bottom 10 percent in the state. Under state law, only districts in the bottom 10 percent are eligible for a doubling of charter-school enrollment.

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