Charters up, BTU stalls

Date Published: 
September 17, 2011
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Boston Herald Editorial
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With eight new charter schools scheduled to open in Boston over the next four years, charter school enrollment is expected to increase 55 percent, according to a report issued this week by the Boston Municipal Research Bureau.

 

That, of course, is wonderful news for the 2,600 students who will be accommodated in those new schools. But it should be rather sobering news for the city's traditional public schools and for the members of the Boston Teachers Union now in their 17th month of contract negotiations.

 

In releasing its report the Bureau noted that it ought to be a "wake-up call" to the BTU which apparently isn't even close to reaching an agreement with the city on a new wage pact.