Commonwealth charter schools are publicly funded schools that are privately operated with no local oversight. They hurt students who attend public schools by siphoning hundreds of millions of dollars from Massachusetts school districts. In addition, most charters fail to serve as many high-need students as their host districts, creating separate and unequal conditions for success.
The MTA, the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance and many others, formed the Campaign to Save Our Public Schools to defeat Question 2 that would have greatly expanded the number of charter schools in Massachusetts. Question 2 was soundly defeated on Election Day 2016 by a margin of 62-38 percent. Click here to read more about the historic campaign.
Frequently Asked Questions
Charter schools have not shown themselves to be the hubs of innovation or academic success that they were intended to be when they were conceived in Massachusetts in 1993. Learn more and get answered to your questions including:
Evidence & Support
EXPLORING THE CONSEQUENCES OF CHARTER SCHOOL EXPANSION Report released by the Economic Policy Institute describes how the loss of enrollment and revenues affects districts public schools.
CREDIT RATING AGENCIES TO MASSACHUSETTS: CHARTER EXPANSION WILL WEAKEN MUNICIPAL FINANCES Both Moody’s Investors Services and S&P Global Ratings warn about impact.
MASS. CHARTER BOARDS LACK PARENTS, DOMINATED BY CORPORATE INTERESTS Annenberg Institute report finds parents of students in charter schools comprise only 14 percent of charter trustees statewide.
CLAIMS OF WAITLISTS ARE GREATLY EXAGGERATED Despite the allegations of charter school promoters, students are not being “trapped on waiting lists," according to a new analysis released by Citizens for Public Schools.
CHARTERS HAVE HIGHER SUSPENSION RATES A report by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice find that Massachusetts students of color and students with disabilities receive disproportionate discipline, especially in charter schools. A national report by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the UCLA Civil Rights Project finds many charter schools feeding school-to-prison pipeline. The school with the highest suspension rates in Massachusetts is Roxbury Preparatory. See how that school compares to the Boston Public Schools.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS SERVE ALL STUDENTS
Get the numbers behind charter schools' failure to serve English language learners, special needs students, and economically disadvantaged students.
HOW CHARTER SCHOOLS ‘MANAGE’ ENROLLMENT “The Dirty Dozen: How Charter Schools Influence Student Enrollment.”
THE HUMAN COST OF CERTAIN CHARTER PRACTICES Northeastern University Law School report explores the impact charter schools have on human rights.
Charter schools seek damages from teachers Mystic Valley Charter School is billing teachers for thousands of dollars for leaving at the end of the school year to take a job in a public school.
A cautionary tale on charter schools New York Times article on how the charterization of Detroit’s public schools has damaged an already ailing system.
Charter schools suspend black and disabled students more Black students are four times as likely to be suspended from charter schools as white students, according to an analysis of federal education data.
NAACP calls for moratorium on charter schools Leaders of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization passed a resolution calling for a moratorium on the expansion of charter schools and stronger oversight.
DESE fails to collect charter personnel contracts, massteacher.org, Oct. 17, 2016
Massachusetts Charter Schools and Their Problems With "Attrition," blog post by New Jersey public school teacher Mark Weber, Sept. 22, 2016
MTA files amicus brief opposing charter cap lift lawsuit, massteacher.org, May 11, 2016
Racial aspects tinge Mass. charter debate, The Boston Globe, March 28, 2016
The barbarism of charterism, DigBoston raises questions about charter schools' effects on district schools, their discipline policies and their financial and political backers (December, 2015)
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