Over the last few weeks, multiple news outlets, legislators, and community leaders have voiced their support for Yes on Question 2, the ballot question that would allow more public charter schools in low-performing school districts. Below are the endorsements the Yes on 2 campaign has received as of November 1, 2016.
Influential Leaders Endorsing Question 2
Governor Charlie Baker - "Public charter schools give parents a choice and are a pathway to success for these kids. If you like your school, Question 2 won't affect you, but Question 2 will change the future for thousands of kids who need your help."
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito - "Thirty-seven thousand of our children in this commonwealth are put on hold. That’s not acceptable. That’s not fair. It’s not morally right,” Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said. “We need to make sure that every single child has access to the best education, not the second best."
House Speaker DeLeo - "I decided to do what I feel is best for students"
Congressman Lynch - "Question 2 could be a critical turning point in the journey towards educational equality in the state."
Sen. Michael Rodrigues - "Thousands of kids, including too many kids from my district, are being shut out of great schools by an outdated and unfair cap," Rodrigues said. "I'm here today for those kids, because they deserve the same quality of education as any child in Massachusetts."
Rep. Patricia Haddad - "Charter schools have a place in our public education system, a place that really can’t be appreciated unless you’re living in a school district that is struggling,” said Haddad. “We can’t deny children the opportunities for a quality education that many of us take for granted."
Rep. Alice Peisch - "Raising the cap has no impact on districts that are far below the cap."
U.S. Education Secretary John King - "Any arbitrary cap on that growth of high-performing charters is a mistake”
Former U.S. Senator Mo Cowan - I will vote in favor of Question 2 because as a Democrat who believes in public education, thinks teachers are as important today as they ever have been, and who has the privilege of choice for my kids’ education, it currently is our best option to empower more families to choose the right public education for their children and for the rest of us to support innovation in education, the foundation upon which every innovative idea is built.
Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan - "Where you have tens of thousands of predominantly African-American and Latino parents demanding, pleading for more opportunities for their kids, we’re not going to pay attention? We’re going to pat them on the head and say, ‘we really know better than you’? That’s not who we are. This is all they’ve got. This is their only shot."