Charter schools

Pro-charter school group hit with record campaign finance fine

Pro-charter school group hit with record campaign finance fine

State says group served as pass-through to shield donor identities

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE PROMINENT NEW YORK education group that financed the bulk of last year’s failed ballot campaign to expand charter schools in Massachusetts has agreed to pay the largest fine in state campaign finance history to resolve questions over whether it participated in a scheme to conceal the identities of well-heeled donors.(...)

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The Codcast: YIMBYs take on NIMBYs

It has become almost axiomatic that communities will resist new housing development projects. They will generate unbearable traffic! There isn’t enough parking here! They’ll hurt property values! The developer wants to cram in too many units! The list of horribles is endless, but the response can usually be summed up with one word, which is(...)

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Haverhill teachers union rejects charter renewal

Haverhill teachers union rejects charter renewal

Vote follows months of bitter debate

AFTER MONTHS OF ACRIMONY in Haverhill, the city’s teachers union voted Thursday to block the renewal of the Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School, dealing a crushing blow to faculty and families at the K-5 school who say it had become a model of creative, quality education in the city. Members of the Haverhill Education(...)

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Revisiting the Question 2 messaging battle

Revisiting the Question 2 messaging battle

Lots of factors in defeat of charter school expansion

CONFUSION IS THE ENEMY if you’re trying to build support for change. Local media still matters. And when it comes to education, voters will trust the word of their local school committee and their children’s teachers over that of their governor – even one who is rated the most popular state leader in the county.(...)

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DeVos selection roils reform sector

DeVos selection roils reform sector

Some charter backers rush to distance themselves from ed pick

THE BATTLE OVER President Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, had teachers unions, public school advocates, and many on the political left in high dudgeon. DeVos’s record of support for charter schools and voucher programs, and her lack of any experience in district public schools, made her the target of the most organized effort to(...)

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Will state embrace innovation school zones?

Will state embrace innovation school zones?

After polarizing charter showdown, advocates hope district plan gains broader backing

THE HIGHLY CHARGED DEBATE over charter schools last fall ended with a resounding statewide vote against significant expansion of the public, but independently operated, schools. What the vote did not answer is what else might be done to improve education for those who have most often sought seats at charter schools – students stuck in(...)

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Charter question defeat presents new challenge

Charter question defeat presents new challenge

Are Question 2 foes ready to embrace needed district schools reforms?

IT’S A NEW YEAR and the people of Massachusetts have spoken. On Question 2, a ballot initiative which would have given urban students more charter public school options, the electorate said no.  Emphatically. But now that the teachers unions won the debate, they need to show the public that they can adopt the policies and practices that(...)

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Charter backers get schooled

Charter backers get schooled

Funding questions sank ballot question. But what now for struggling schools?

NEARLY A YEAR AGO, charter school proponents threatened to force a statewide debate on education issues by mounting a ballot campaign lift the cap on charters schools. Be careful what you wish for. It turned out teachers unions, school leaders, and municipal officials across the state were eager to have that conversation. When the contentious(...)

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