CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – At least 30 Mayors across Massachusetts have said they will be voting no on Question 2, claiming their cities lose nearly $305 million to privately run charter schools.
Charter schools educate public school students and receive public education dollars to provide that service. The proposed law would allow up to 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools each year.
On Monday, members of school committees from around the state gave the governor alternatives to this law from 200 districts that oppose the ballot measure.
The mayors in Chicopee, Easthampton, Holyoke, Northampton, Pittsfield, Springfield, Westfield, and West Springfield say they will vote no on Question 2.
Governor Charlie Baker has been a vocal supporter of Question 2. Baker even appeared in an advertisement for charter schools.
However, there are other republican state officials who are voting against it. The Massachusetts Democratic Party also opposes the issue, while some democrats in the legislature support it, including the house speaker.
An organization called ‘Save Our Public Schools’ is working to make sure Question 2 is not passed. They claim that Springfield public schools will lose $35 million to charter schools during Fiscal Year 17.
They also claim that over $52 million in public school funding with be lost in Chicopee, Easthampton, Holyoke, Northampton, Pittsfield, Springfield, Westfield, and West Springfield.