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Oran: The truth about Massachusetts' charter schools

October 26, 2016 | Scott Oran

As a progressive Democrat myself, I am concerned that after reading Shawn Fitzgibbons' and Alison Leary’s opinions on Question 2, your readers might be left with several misconceptions about the ballot question that would lift the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts.

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Baker goes door to door in search of charter school votes

October 26, 2016 | Andy Metzger

DORCHESTER >> Gov. Charlie Baker was three-for-three canvassing for the charter school ballot question in Dorchester Tuesday when he met Ingrid Beckles on her front porch.

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Civil Rights Leaders Call On NAACP To Reconsider Charter Moratorium

October 26, 2016

Last month over 160 African American education leaders signed a letter calling on the NAACP to reconsider the proposed national “moratorium” on public charter schools:

September 21, 2016

Dear Esteemed NAACP Board Members,

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POV: Massachusetts Voters Should Vote Yes on Question 2

October 26, 2016 | Marcus A. Winters

Among the important decisions facing Massachusetts voters at the ballot box in November is whether to allow expansion of charter schools in low-performing (primarily urban) districts that are at or nearing the state’s enrollment cap.

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Question 2 foes spreading fear in suburbs

October 25, 2016 | Kevin Andrews

Opponents of Question 2 to allow more public charter schools in low-performing school districts have been employing scare tactics to spread fear about its impact, arguing it would result in uncontrolled growth of public charter schools that would bankrupt district schools.

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What if your kids were stuck in a poorly performing school?

October 25, 2016 | Scot Lehigh

IT MAY SEEM like a strange recommendation: Ignorance as an aid to thoughtful analysis.

But as you contemplate Question 2, which would allow a dozen more charter schools each year in Massachusetts regardless of current caps, try donning a veil of ignorance for a minute or two.

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Willful Selection Bias Vilifies Charter Schools

October 25, 2016 | Max Eden

RCEd Commentary

The battle lines are drawn on Massachusetts’ Ballot Question 2 on whether to lift the statewide cap on public charter schools: Hope vs. fear.

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Charter Schools: It's An Issue Of Civil Rights

October 25, 2016 | Michael Altman

Question 2 on the ballot in November asks whether the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education may increase the number of charter schools in Massachusetts by 12 each year.

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YES: Charters and traditional public schools can co-exist

October 24, 2016 | Thomas Birmingham

In the run-up to a November ballot initiative that would allow more charter schools to open in Massachusetts, charter and traditional public schools have been cast in an adversarial relationship. But that isn't always the case.

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Letter: Don't deny chance for decent education

October 24, 2016 | Bruce Babbitt

The reason that charter schools exist is that there are many schools that don't offer the kind of education that we deserve for the money that we pay, most often in poor inner-city communities where parents don't have the option to move their children elsewhere.

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