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Editorial: Bad charter change

October 6, 2014 | Herald Staff

As predicted, a misguided policy change by state education leaders has led to a situation that pits families in urban school districts who want to send their kids to charter schools against suburban and rural communities who may have no need for new charters. And all because this state’s elected leaders are too afraid to challenge the powerful education establishment by lifting the arbitrary cap that limits charters in the first place.

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It’s all about college at Phoenix Charter Academy in Chelsea

October 5, 2014 | Kathy McCabe

Jordan Bazmore travels 90 minutes each way — on two MBTA buses and an Orange Line train — between his home in Roxbury and Phoenix Charter Academy in Chelsea.

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MCAS results reveal the Senate's shame

September 28, 2014 | Editorial Board

For Democrat lawmakers in the Massachusetts Senate who doubted the importance of public charter schools in improving educational opportunities for minority children, MCAS results released this week should jolt them to pragmatism over politics.

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Teamwork pays off for Lowell charter school on MCAS

September 23, 2014 | Amelia Pak-Harvey

Pulling itself up even further from the brink of failure it once faced, Lowell Community Charter Public School has reached the highest achievement level in state testing for the third year in a row.

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September 19, 2014 | MCPSA

Just two months after the State Senate rejected legislation to lift enrollment caps on charter public schools, MCAS results show why those caps should be lifted.

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PCSS II begins new school year in Saugus

September 14, 2014

Students at Pioneer Charter School of Science II had their first day of classes on Tuesday, Sept. 2. They will be starting their new school year in a brand new building on Main Street in Saugus after a year in a temporary location in Everett. Faculty, parents and students are looking forward to another successful academic year.

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Proposed charter school aims to resurrect Wampanoags' native tongue

September 6, 2014 | Michael Gagne

MASHPEE — Slowly but steadily, and one speaker at a time, the Wôpanâak language — the one that until dying out in the late 1800s had been spoken for centuries by the tribes that formed the Wampanoag Nation — is coming back to life.

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School lessons, for life

August 21, 2014 | Yvonne Abraham

Bummed about summer’s end? Here’s a back-to-school story to cheer you as the warmth drains away.

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End the summer slide, close the achievement gap

August 19, 2014 | Sue Thompson

AS SUMMER DRAWS to a close, teachers are returning to work to get ready for the new school year. One significant issue they will have to face, particularly those working at schools that predominantly serve students from low-income families, is the loss of reading and math skills over the long summer vacation. Historically, summer learning programs have been an afterthought for some school districts, while others have not offered a program of any kind. But now some educators and policymakers are considering additional learning time in the summer as an approach to closing stubbornly large achievement gaps between disadvantaged and advantaged students.

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