STATEMENT ON SELECTION OF MO COWAN AS INTERIM U.S. SENATOR; COWAN IS A FORMER BOARD CHAIRMAN AT ROXBURY PREP CHARTER SCHOOL

January 30, 2013
Dominic Slowey
(617) 523-0038

BOSTON, MA, January 30, 2013 – The Massachusetts charter public school community offers its congratulations to Mo Cowan, former Board Chairman of Roxbury Prep Charter School in Boston, on his appointment as the state’s interim U.S. Senator.

Mo Cowan will become a strong voice in the Senate for urban education reform, helping President Obama pursue his agenda to foster charter school expansion in order to provide more high quality educational options for families across Massachusetts and the country.

He is a strong advocate for charter public school expansion and has been a member of the Massachusetts Business Leaders for Charter Public Schools, a group of influential business and community leaders that advocate for lifting arbitrary caps on charter schools.

As Chairman of the Board of one of the state’s most successful urban middle schools (Roxbury Prep), he understands the role that charters are playing across the state in closing race and income-based achievement gaps.

“With Mo Cowan as Board chair, Roxbury Prep became one of the highest performing public schools in Massachusetts, proving the racial achievement gap can be closed,” said Will Austin, the school’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are thrilled for Mo, and thrilled that the United States Senate now has his voice on the issue of education.”