Coalition statement on Senate charter school bill
Save Our Public Schools, the ballot committee formed to oppose the charter school ballot question that would drain millions more in taxpayer money from Massachusetts public schools every year, released the following statement on Thursday, March 31, in response to the state Senate’s charter school bill:
“The Senate legislation attempts to fix some of the significant flaws in our charter school system, and in doing so it exposes the serious problems charter schools present.
“The bill would perpetuate the very serious problem inherent in lifting the cap yet again: the expansion of a separate and unequal system.
“Commonwealth charter schools are causing grave harm to the real public schools in Massachusetts, taking hundreds of millions of dollars from our students and communities and putting these vital funds under the control of private entities. Given this reality the state should not move to expand their reach.
“Our focus must first and foremost be on fully funding and supporting our local public schools so that all students in Massachusetts receive the quality public education they deserve.
“We continue to oppose any bill that would lift the cap on charter schools and believe the voters should have an opportunity to vote on this issue in November.”