Most Massachusetts school committees oppose charter expansion

Election Day is November 8

BOSTON (WWLP) – About a dozen school committee members gathered on the State House steps Monday urging Governor Charlie Baker to oppose Question 2 on the statewide ballot that would allow for up to a dozen new charter schools each year. They represent nearly 200 school committees that believe expansion would drain hundreds of millions of dollars from traditional public schools.

Massachusetts Association of School Committees President Jake Oliveira told 22News, “Really we’re creating a two-tiered system of education right now and expanding charter schools would further siphon those valuable resources away from our traditional public schools.”

This, as Governor Charlie Baker travels to New York City to rally for charter school expansion.

Roughly 32,000 children are on a waitlist to get into a public charter school in Massachusetts. Shellina Semexant of Dorchester told 22News her daughter’s been on that waitlist for four years and counting.

She said, “There are many parents out there who are just like me who have a child that’s falling behind and we’re not getting that help, and I believe lifting the cap for charter schools will give parents that choice. We will have a choice to choose a better quality education.”

Massachusetts voters will decide whether to lift the cap on charters on Election Day, November 8.