Behind the Headline: Mass. Charter School Bill Stalls In Legislature
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Mass. Charter School Bill Stalls In Legislature
3/25/14 | CBS Boston
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Boston and the Charter School Cap
Winter 2014 | Education Next
A bill that would raise the cap on charter schools in Boston and other urban districts has failed to advance in the Massachusetts legislature. Jim Peyser analyzed the politics surrounding the Boston charter school cap in an article in the Winter 2014 issue of Ed Next. He wrote
Imagine you live in a city with a set of open-enrollment public schools, serving predominantly low-income children of color, where students learn at twice the rate of their peers in neighboring schools. And what if those high-performing schools were ready, willing, and able to enroll more students, maybe even double or triple in size? Sounds too good to be true, huh?
Well, that city actually exists, and it’s Boston. But, remarkably, the powers that be are blocking the city’s best schools from growing for the simple reason that they are charter schools.