BOSTON (State House News Service) – Gov. Charlie Baker, who is in New York City on Monday in advance of a education speech he plans to give to give on Tuesday morning, has additional private meetings on his calendar that include former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to an advisor.
Baker plans to meet with Bloomberg and a small number of other individuals in New York involved in education reform to discuss the campaign in Massachusetts to expand access to charter schools, senior political advisor Jim Conroy told the News Service.
Bloomberg donated $240,000 earlier this summer to Great Schools Massachusetts in support of the ballot question, while other New York-based education reform groups have pumped millions into the Bay State campaign.
Families for Excellent Schools, based in New York, funneled at least $5.75 million to Great Schools Massachusetts, while another New York City group Education Reform Now donated $250,000.
Bloomberg, who was born in Medford, was recently at the Musuem of Science in Boston with Baker to announce a $50 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the largest gift in the museum’s 186-year history.
Baker has no formal fundraisers planned while he is in New York, Conroy said. The governor will do an interview with Bloomberg News on Monday morning before returning to Massachusetts in the afternoon after his Manhattan Institute speech to go door-to-door in Dorchester in support of Question 2 expanding access to charter schools.
Members of school committees in Massachusetts delivered resolutions to Baker’s office Monday expressing their opposition to Question 2.
“The Governor needs to hear from local elected officials to understand the negative impact Question 2 would have on our district schools and the students we serve,” Jake Oliveira, president of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and a member of the Ludlow School Committee, said in a statement. “Locally accountable school committee members understand that raising the cap would drain municipal budgets and negatively impact students in district public schools.”