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BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTE IMPLEMENTS LOWER CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL ENROLLMENT CAPS IN NEEDIEST DISTRICTS

June 24, 2014 | MCPSA

BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTE IMPLEMENTS LOWER CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL ENROLLMENT CAPS IN NEEDIEST DISTRICTS

New Policy Limits Choice for Low-Income Families and Children of Color in Brockton, Worcester, Haverhill, Somerville and Lowell

BOSTON – The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) today approved a new policy that lowers the charter school enrollment cap in five chronically under-performing school districts that serve a high percentage of low-income families and children of color.

The Board vote effectively lowers the enrollment cap in Brockton, Worcester, Haverhill, Somerville and Lowell and institutes a higher cap in rural and suburban districts like Hawlemont, Wareham, Dennis-Yarmouth, Spencer-East Brookfield, Palmer and Easthampton where charters are unlikely to locate. The Board is also discussing further changes in the calculation, which would re-impose lower caps in Boston, Lowell, Fitchburg, Everett, Salem and Holyoke. (Existing charter schools in those districts would not be affected.)

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Lawmakers to Weigh Charter School Expansion

May 21, 2014 | Associated Press

The Massachusetts House has approved a bill that would allow for the expansion of charter schools in Boston and several other communities, and require more struggling public schools to adopt turnaround plans.

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Bill to expand charter schools in Massachusetts spurs long recesses in House

May 21, 2014 | Michael Norton, State House News Service

The idea of introducing more charter schools in Massachusetts, believed to be an emotional topic that divides lawmakers and feeds into policy differences, spurred long recesses in the House after legislation facilitating more charters hit the House floor at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Bill to expand charter schools in Massachusetts spurs long recesses in House

May 21, 2014 | Michael Norton, State House News Service

The idea of introducing more charter schools in Massachusetts, believed to be an emotional topic that divides lawmakers and feeds into policy differences, spurred long recesses in the House after legislation facilitating more charters hit the House floor at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

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House breathes new life into charter school bill

March 26, 2014 | Colleen Quinn, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

House lawmakers on Wednesday resurrected legislation that would lift the cap on charter school enrollment in underperforming school districts, adopting a new version of the bill after the Education Committee failed to agree on a proposal.

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Business leaders in last-minute push for charter schools

March 18, 2014 | Mary Moore

Nearly 150 business leaders in Massachusetts have signed a letter addressed to legislative leaders, urging the state’s Joint Committee on Education to approve legislation that would lift the cap on charter public schools in some of the lowest performing school districts.

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Advocates push for bill to lift cap on charter schools

March 11, 2014 | Jordan Graham, Boston Herald

Supporters of a Beacon Hill bill that would remove the cap on charter schools are pointing to a rising number of applicants in tomorrow’s Boston charter school lottery as proof of “tremendous demand.”

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Momentum for new charter schools stalls

March 9, 2014 | Michael Levenson, Boston Globe

Four years after a wave of support for charter schools swept through the State House, fueled by a competition for federal dollars, the momentum appears to have faded.

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New charter school approved for Springfield

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press

Springfield Preparatory Charter School to open in 2015

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New charter school approved in Fall River

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press

The state education board has voted to approve new charter schools in Fall River and Springfield and to grant a certificate to the founders of the state’s second virtual school.

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