We should all be paying attention to a charter school referendum in Massachusetts.
In short, Bay State charters, particularly those in Boston, are among the best in the nation at raising student achievement. But a legislative cap prevents them from growing to serve the tens of thousands of students on their waiting lists. Now a new group is taking the issue of raising the cap directly to voters.
Justin Cohen explains the takeaway.
[T]his is a good reminder to educators, particularly reformers, that politics matter. If results and demand were sufficient to win the argument, the unimpeachably good charters in Boston would be able to grow and flourish. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, as politics, money, and power matter when talking about public schooling.
Those seeking educational change must continue to supplement their piercing logic with an imposing political ground game, which hopefully will mean creating even more room for parents and communities to take greater leadership over the education agenda.
In other words, he argues it’s time to organize. In Massachusetts, teachers unions already are.
Louisiana teachers unions now have an ally in the governor’s mansion. What does that mean?
Local control vs equity. Or: Why money and students should be allowed to cross district lines.
Transportation remains a barrier to true school choice.
A debate inside the school choice tent, on education savings accounts.
Groups line up behind a Lutheran school taking aim at Blaine Amendments before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Remembering the charter school pioneers.
Educators feel they’re shut out of policy debates.
Special education and charter school authorizing.
Quote of the Week
“It’s clearly awoken … There is a political will you see in the incoming leadership; there is a fire burning. We’re headed in that direction and they’ll be a charge led from the top.”
-State Rep. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah, on the shape of what’s to come for school choice in Florida.
Tweet of the Week
— LAPCS (@LAPCSTeam) May 5, 2016
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