Charter News

Boston Business Leaders Hedge Bets In Mayoral Race

August 14, 2013 | Fred Bever

BOSTON — After two decades of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s leadership, the race to replace him is widely considered up for grabs amo

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Boston’s schools a major issue for mayoral hopefuls

August 6, 2013 | James Vaznis

Councilor at Large Felix Arroyo wants a longer school day.

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10 Groups Submit New Charter School Prospectuses

August 2, 2013 | Department of Education

MALDEN – Ten groups submitted prospectuses to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education seeking to ultimately receive approval to open new charter schools in the Commonwealth.

After reviewing the proposals submitted this week, the Department will notify in mid-September the founding groups whose prospectuses show the most promise and invite them to submit full applications, which are due on October 25, 2013.

"Massachusetts is fortunate to have many high performing charter schools that set and meet a high standard of excellence for their students and families," said Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester. "For each prospectus, we'll look closely at how well the founding groups articulate their vision for delivering an outstanding educational program to students, and then invite final applications where appropriate."

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Globe survey finds issues that split mayor race

July 31, 2013 | Jim O’Sullivan

The candidates were divided over whether the statewide cap on charter schools should be lifted, allowing more to open in Boston. Four candidates – Councilor at Large Felix G. Arroyo, Clemons, Councilor Rob Consalvo, and Councilor Michael P. Ross – oppose raising the limit. Five hopefuls – nonprofit executive John F. Barros, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Connolly, construction executive Bill Walczak, and Walsh – said the cap should be lifted.

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Group pushes school autonomy

June 24, 2013 | Michael Jonas

Twenty years ago this month, as Tom Menino was about to take office as Boston’s acting mayor, the state adopted the landmark 1993 education reform law.

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Reshaping the debate on Mass. charter schools

June 23, 2013 | Jay Fitzgerald

Not every graduate student who passes through Boston leaves a lasting influence on the city. But Chris Walters, a Virginia native who this month received his PhD in economics from MIT, may just be one of them.

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Boston mayoral hopefuls voice views on charter schools

June 21, 2013 | Andrew Ryan, Boston Globe

The majority of Boston’s 12 candidates for mayor support adding more charter schools in the city, testament to the growing momentum to expand independent schools.

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Majority of New Bedford students attend sub-par schools

June 12, 2013 | Natalie Sherman

More than 70 percent of city students attend schools that rank in the bottom fifth statewide and could be subject to additional reform under a bill that also seeks to loosen restrictions on charter schools.

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Charter schools in Boston score higher on key tests

May 22, 2013 | James Vaznis

Boston charter schools outperform other public schools on three popular barometers of student

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Education advocates seek to eliminate charter school cap in MA

May 10, 2013 | Christine Lee

Three years ago, state lawmakers raised the cap on the number of public charter schools allowed to operate in Massachusetts, now education advocates want to eliminate the cap altogether.

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