Charter News

DIVIDED BOARD OF ED ADVANCES BROCKTON CHARTER APPLICATION

November 25, 2014 | Colleen Quinn, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

Against the wishes of local school officials, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education granted a waiver Tuesday to a proposed charter school in Brockton, allowing the applicant to continue in the approval process.

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UP Academy Charter School applies to inherit Springfield district middle school following school committee approval

November 14, 2014 | Laura Newberry

The Boston-based UP Education Network has won permission from The Springfield School Committee to submit an application to the state, a big step that could lead to the organization adopting one of the city's chronically under-performing schools.

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Brockton, Fitchburg superintendents oppose Charter school waivers

October 21, 2014 | STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE, Colleen Quinn

MALDEN -- State education officials are considering waivers for proposed charters schools in Fitchburg and Brockton that were disqualified because the school districts where they would operate are no longer among the lowest performing in the state.

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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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