Charter schools performances in Massachusetts

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BOSTON (WWLP) – In just six days, Massachusetts voters will decide whether to lift the cap on charter schools.

Charter school advocates gathered near the State House Wednesday, touting a new report that shows charters in urban cities are doing just as well as some of the state’s richest school districts. Hampden Charter School of Science in Chicopee is ranked in the top 10-percent statewide on the tenth grade math exam.

Ballot Question 2 would allow the state to approve up to a dozen new charter schools each year with a focus on under-performing school districts like Springfield and Holyoke. Question 2 supporters believe expansion would give students in urban districts access to a high quality education.

The teachers union argues that charters siphon critical tax dollars from traditional public schools that serve the majority of students.

Shannah Varon, Boston Collegiate Charter School, told 22News, “The issues that are faced in places like Boston are not about charter schools. It’s about challenges, fiscal challenges well beyond charter schools. It’s about contracts they can’t afford. It’s about under-utilized facilities.”

Friday is the final day to vote early. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.

Would expanding charter schools take funding away from traditional public schools?