Massachusetts Charter Public School Association Opposes Mystic Valley Regional Charter School Lawsuit Against the State’s Equity and Inclusion Standards
BOSTON, MA – Sept. 24, 2021 – Massachusetts Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) Executive Director Tim Nicolette issued the following statement today in response to a lawsuit filed by Mystic Valley Regional Charter School against the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
“This lawsuit does not reflect the values or beliefs of charter public schools, which were founded in large part to address issues of educational inequity and systemic racism in public education. We urge Mystic Valley’s Board and school leadership to withdraw this ill-advised suit and instead spend its time and energy to create a culturally proficient and responsive environment that respects and celebrates its families’ diversity to deepen connections between the school and its community.
While Mystic Valley Regional Charter School is not a member of the MCPSA, it should abide by the basic principles of equity and inclusion that all public schools should strive to achieve.
MCPSA agrees with the state’s policy of holding our schools accountable for their commitment to creating a culture in which students’ backgrounds, identities, strengths, and challenges are equally valued, and resources are allocated based on how best to support these students’ cognitive, behavioral, and social-emotional growth and development.”
The Massachusetts Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) is a school membership organization representing 74+ schools that is committed to ensuring that children and families of the Commonwealth have access to high-quality public schools. As the voice of one of the nation’s highest-performing charter public school sectors, MCPSA engages in public policy advocacy, communications, and best practice sharing and training aimed at strengthening educational programming.