InFocus: Ballot Question 2- Expanding Charter schools in Massachusetts

Supporters say it will offer better educational opportunities while opponents believe it will take resources from already struggling public schools.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - On Tuesday, November 8 voters will head to the polls to vote for a new president.  In Massachusetts we'll also be deciding on several statewide ballot initiatives.

This Sunday on 22News InFocus we'll be discussing Ballot Question 2: An act to allow fair access to public charter schools.  A "yes" vote supports this proposal to authorize up to 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, per year.  A "no" vote opposes this proposal.

Our guests are both education professionals who work directly with students.  Bill Spirer is the founder and head of Springfield Prep Charter School and Dr. Todd Gazda is Superintendent of Ludlow Public Schools.  They will be discussing many topics that surround this issue including funding, providing support to students with special needs, and how this decision could affect the future of public schools in Massachusetts.

If you want find out more about Ballot question 2 to help you make your decision before you vote, be sure to watch 22News InFocus this Sunday at noon.

For more on the "No on 2 Campaign," click here.

For more on the "Yes on 2 Campaign," click here.

If you're not registered to vote, you have until October 19 to register for the November 8 election.  Check your registration status and get information on all the statewide Ballot Questions on the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

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