Charter school waiting lists cited as reason to lift Massachusetts cap

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Monday, July 14, 2014

More than 3,800 Springfield students are on waiting lists to enter the city's four public charter schools, according to a white paper published this month by the Pioneer Institute.

The long wait lists in Springfield - and 16 other underperforming districts across the state - provides evidence that the state should lift its cap on charters schools, the privately funded research organization argues.

When students leave a district school to attend a charter school, funding follows the student. "Affected school districts are reimbursed for six years for "phantom students, 100 percent in the first year and 25 percent for subsequent five years," according to a press release from the non-partisan, privately funded research organization.

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