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New charter schools proposed for Haverhill, Lawrence, Lynn

August 15, 2017 | Linda Greenstein, The Boston Globe

Three new charter schools, with room for 1,160 students, have been proposed for Haverhill, Lawrence, and Lynn, while the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education also is considering the KIPP charter school’s request to add 1,014 students in Lynn.

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Charter school proposals would add nearly 5,400 seats

August 11, 2017 | Stephanie Murray / State House News Service

BOSTON — Four groups are looking to open new charter schools in Massachusetts and four existing charter schools are hoping to boost their enrollment.

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OPINION: Here’s a choice for Massachusetts’ public schools ‑ study top charters’ practices to help underserved students

August 3, 2017 | by JULIA CHABRIER and SARAH COHODES and PHILIP OREOPOULOS

As students across Massachusetts await another school year, some will enter their new classrooms full years ahead in learning compared to their peers.

Massachusetts ranks first in the nation in student achievement, but has one of the largest poverty-based achievement gaps.

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Statement on the Passing of DESE Commissioner Mitchell Chester

June 27, 2017 | Marc Kenen - Massachusetts Charter Public School Association

"The Massachusetts Public Charter School Association is saddened to hear of the passing of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester.

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MCPSA Announces Appointment of Tim Nicolette as New Executive Director

June 5, 2017 | MCPSA

MCPSA ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF TIM NICOLETTE AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

President of UP Education Network and Former BPS Chief of Staff will replace longtime Executive Director Marc Kenen

 

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Charter School's Biggest Graduating Class Takes Center Stage

June 2, 2017 | Chloe Reichel

The Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School class of 2017 will set a record this Sunday when it graduates. This year’s class is the largest yet, with 14 students.

Discussing preparations for the event, director Robert Moore joked that the school might need to find a bigger stage.

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MTA snub of teacher of the year exposes questionable agenda (Editorial)

June 2, 2017 | The Republican Editorials

Above all else, and for all the challenges they face, teachers should be expected to be for the kids.

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Boston teachers union will welcome Chaffee

June 2, 2017 | Michael Jonas

THE MASSACHUSETTS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION may not be interested in hearing from Sydney Chaffee, the Boston charter school educator who was recently named National Teacher of the Year, but the Boston Teachers Union wants her to come address its members.

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What good is a teachers’ union that doesn’t care about great teaching?

May 31, 2017 | Adrian Walker, Boston Globe Columnist

Sydney Chaffee is a model schoolteacher: brilliant, fun, and a natural leader of both her students and her peers.

Those judgments aren't mine — the ninth-grade humanities teacher at Codman Academy in Dorchester was recently named National Teacher of the Year.

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Statement by the MCPSA Regarding Mystic Valley Charter School Board Action to Suspend Discriminatory Policy

May 22, 2017 | Marc Kenen

“The Board took the right action to suspend its discriminatory policy, and now needs to rescind it permanently. We are proud of the two young women, Deanna and Mya Cook, and their parents, for standing up for themselves and their rights.

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