Massachusetts panel refuses to abandon formula for charter schools

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In a move blasted by charter school advocates, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education refused on Tuesday to abandon a new way of determining which districts get more charter schools and even voted to bolster the use of a controversial set of data.

The decision ultimately means that efforts to double charter school enrollment in cities such as Worcester and Somerville will grind to a halt because they no longer rank in the bottom 10 percent in the state. Under state law, only districts in the bottom 10 percent are eligible for a doubling of charter-school enrollment.

“It is a very disappointing decision by the board that will have a real negative impact on school choice on thousands of students,” said Marc Kenen, executive director of the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association.

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