We've learned that House Bill 4108, which would, among other things, lift the cap on charter schools in so-called "underperforming districts" is scheduled to come up at a caucus of Democratic senators Thursday (that's tomorrow) at noon.
Votes can still change after that, but if you have an opinion on this and you haven't talked to your senator yet, today would be an excellent day to call. Talking with an aide is fine too.
CPS's June 2013 report, Twenty Years After Education Reform: Choosing a Path Forward To Equity and Excellence For All, includes a full chapter devoted to the facts on charter schools in Massachusetts. Click here to download the full report. (See Chapter 4 for information on charter schools.) Click here to download the executive summary.
The report found that Commonwealth charter schools have not contributed to equity of educational quality and resources:
Note: Proponents of lifting the cap on charters argue that charters don't have greater attrition than district schools, but the data shows otherwise. Click here for a compilation of the data comparing Boston charter schools attrition rates with that of district schools.
Citizens for Public Schools
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Senators to Vote Tomorrow on Charter Cap Bill!
Posted by NBEA