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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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DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION OKS TWO NEW CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

February 25, 2014 | MCPSA

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) today approved two new Commonwealth charter public schools, in Springfield and Fall River. DESE also approved expansion of an existing Fall River charter public school, bringing that community up against the state-mandated cap on charter expansion.

The approvals mean that 1,713 new charter school seats would become available to families in those two cities.

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EDUCATION COMMISSIONER RECOMMENDS APPROVAL OF TWO NEW CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

February 14, 2014 | MCPSA

New Proposals Would Add More Than 1,700 Seats in Springfield and Fall River

Zero New Seats for Boston; Fall River Reaches the Cap

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker talks education, closing achievement gap in visit to Springfield's Veritas Preparatory Charter School

October 24, 2013 | Robert Rizzuto, The Republican

In a visit to Western Massachusetts aimed at boosting the soon-to-open Phoenix Charter Academy High School in Springfield, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker spent part of the morning touring another charter school in the city.

Veritas Preparatory Charter School on Pine Street, which is in its second year of operations, welcomed Baker, who spent time talking with students, visiting classrooms and watching lessons in progress.

"The fact that they had the kids write down arguments for both sides of the issue they were going to debate, let them pick a side and then debate with one another – that is the way you fundamentally help kids process information and think about problems," Baker said in reference to a social studies class that was discussing thecaste system. "The kids we talked to really love being here, despite the long school day."

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New Study on Charter School Demand and Effectiveness

October 24, 2013 | The Boston Foundation

A new study on Charter School Demand and Effectiveness found dramatic academic gains for children attending Boston charters.

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Group says state should OK charter school expansion

October 3, 2013 | Fred Hanson

Legislation that would allow for the expansion of charter and non-traditional public schools could help close the achievement gap among the state’s students, supporters say.

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CHARTER SCHOOL GROUP DECLARES VICTORY IN BOSTON

September 25, 2013 | State House News Service

New Boston charter schools yield high MCAS scores

September 22, 2013 | James Vaznis

Many Boston charter schools that have opened additional campuses frequently scored higher than state averages on last spring’s MCAS, a sign that high performance can be sustained as more students enroll, according to a Globe review of data released Friday.

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CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS CONTINUE PROGRESS ON CLOSING ACHIEVEMENT GAPS

September 20, 2013 | MCPSA

Data Shows Urban Charters Continue to Outperform Districts and Statewide Averages

Expansion Still Blocked in High Need Communities by Enrollment Caps

BOSTON, MASeptember 20, 2013 – Massachusetts charter public schools continued to put underserved children on the path to college with many schools that serve mainly low-income and minority children achieving the state’s highest academic rankings.

Sixty percent of charters were rated Level 1 schools on the state’s accountability system, which measures success at closing race-and-income-based achievement gaps. Of the 53 schools that received an accountability level, 32 charters were rated Level 1, 18 Level 2 and 4 Level 3.

More than 70 percent of Boston charters were rated Level 1 compared to 21% of district schools. Two-thirds of schools in Boston were rated Level 3 or below compared to 7% of charters.

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WBUR Poll Suggests A Top Tier Taking Shape In Mayoral Field

September 19, 2013 | David Scharfenberg

Boston voters, the survey found, are tough graders. Just 4 percent gave the Boston Public Schools an “A” grade. Twenty-six percent gave them a “B”, 38 percent a “C,” 14 percent a “D” and 5 percent an “F.”

That may help to explain the voters’ penchant for charter schools.

Sixty-one percent say the cap on charter schools should be lifted, with just 22 percent saying it should be kept in place — a split that bodes well for candidates like Connolly and Conley who have backed charter school expansion.

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