Easthampton charter school opposition

Governor Charlie Baker is in support of more charter schools, but not all towns and cities feel the same.

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EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The city council in Easthampton voted unanimously to adopt a resolution opposing lifting the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts.

Governor Charlie Baker has said he’s in support of more charter schools, but not every local town and city government feels the same.

Easthampton Mayor Karen L. Cadieux told 22News it has made it harder to balance a budget when they are losing more than $700,000 a year to students who go to a charter school.

A charter school in Easthampton told 22News they want there to be more conversation about the funding.

“My overall reaction isn’t about the cap lift issue, because the city certainly has the option to take whatever position they want on that. But unfortunately there was no opportunity for dialogue around larger issues with public education: charter, district, whatever,” said Administrative Coordinator for Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School, Amy Aaron.

Charter schools argue that they are public schools too, so the money they get towards the state is still going to a public education.

Lifting the ban on charter schools has been a controversial topic in Massachusetts. In May voters could see a question regarding it on the ballot.

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