If you read this blog and live in Massachusetts and are not already aware, there is a ballot initiative question when we vote on November 8th regarding the expansion of charter schools in the Commonwealth by up to 12 new schools per year. The initiative offers no means for paying for this expansion so it would inevitably result in further defunding existing public schools and school closures.
So far, 120 school committees, 8 city councils, the Massachusetts Democratic Party, The Massachusetts Municipal Association, and the NAACP have come out in opposition to this ballot initiative. Even people who are big supporters of charter schools, such as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, believe that this particular initiative is fiscally irresponsible, and are voting no.
As usual, other people who are far more informed and eloquent than I am are better about writing about this issue, so I encourage you to read these articles that explain why the ballot initiative is bad for Massachusetts and who is behind funding it. The first post listed is the best, concise summary if you’re short on time, but they’re all worth reading and sharing with your friends and on social media.
- A Boston Political Education: Vote NO on Ballot Question Number 2
- Common Dreams: Despite Millions in Dark Money, Pro-Charter Effort Falters in Massachusetts
- Edushyster: Family Affair
- Mercedes Schneider: Business is Paying Handsomely for Charter Cap in Massachusetts
- Public School Mama: Question Two Will Be a Fiscal Disaster for Boston
- Whos of Who-cester: About the Brookings Release
- Writer, Teacher, Writing Teacher: No on 2: The Charter Experiment Has Failed
Having read all that, I hope you will join me in voting No on 2 on November 8th. Remember to tell your friends and if you want to get more involved you can volunteer with Save our Public Schools and/or make a donation.