Hearing on charter school bills set for Oct. 13

On Tuesday, October 13, the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education will hold a hearing on an MTA-supported bill calling for a moratorium on Commonwealth charter schools.

 Hearing on Charter School Bills

  • Hearing before the Joint Committee on Education on charter school bills is at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13 in Gardner Auditorium at the State House

 

The hearing is an opportunity for public school educators to speak out about how charter schools affect their students and their school districts. The hearing on the MTA bill — as well as on other bills related to charter schools — will be held at 10 a.m. in Gardner Auditorium at the State House.

Senate Bill 326, An Act establishing a moratorium for Commonwealth Charter Schools, is two-pronged. It places a three-year moratorium on charter school expansion and requires all teachers hired by Commonwealth charter schools to obtain a teaching license. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton, and co-sponsored by 26 other legislators.

It’s important for your state legislators to hear from your on this issue. Here are some questions to consider:

  • Has your school or district lost funding as a direct result of a charter school opening in your district? Have programs, teachers and staff been cut?
  • Have students been accepted into a charter school and then returned to your district as a result of a minor infraction?
  • Has a charter school in your district turned away a student with special needs or an English language learner?

To learn more, to testify at the October 13 hearing or to submit testimony, please call MTA lobbyist Julie Johnson at 617.878.8315 or email her at jjohnson@massteacher.org.

Visit the MTA’s toolkit on charter schools.