This coming Wednesday, July 16th, the State Senate will vote on the “Charter Cap Bill” (S2262), legislation that will have long-term and harmful effects on public education in Massachusetts.
As a supporter of quality education for all, your voice is needed once again.
Please join QUEST in signing a new petition urging Senators to maintain the charter cap for the following reasons:
1. Charter schools take a disproportionate amount of state funding. A cap lift would have a dire impact on the financial stability of traditional public schools, and on children and families in urban districts. These financial consequences must be remedied before any expansion of charters.
2. Charters do not provide equitable services to students with disabilities or English Language Learners. Charters have not successfully educated all kinds of students, nor has the state held them accountable for inequities in student population and services. Although the new bill includes some minor accountability measures, these measures do not apply to currently operating charters, nor do they go far enough to ensure equity.
3. Charter schools do not outperform sending districts. Most have high attrition and out-of-school suspension rates, and teaching staffs that are both less experienced and less diverse than traditional public schools.
4. Charter schools operate largely without stakeholder accountability or consent. They are not accountable to municipal school boards, and most of their governing boards lack community, parent and educator voices.
Make your voice heard today by clicking here to sign our petition urging legislators to do what is right for the vast majority of children in Massachusetts.And please share our petition with your friends!
QUEST (Quality Education for Every Student)