Thursday, March 26, 2015

Worthy of Imitation: CHOICE WORKS!

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Worthy of imitation
A newly released study from Stanford University's Center for Research on Education Outcomes confirms what advocates of public charter schools in Massachusetts have been saying for some time: Choice works.
The study, which examined Boston's charter schools between 2006 and 2012, found that students enrolled in charters did far better in both reading and math than their counterparts at traditional public schools. The gains they made, according to the study, could only have been achieved with hundreds of additional days of school in regular school settings.

In reading, the charter-school students made gains four times that of their peers in traditional schools. For math, the ratio was six times greater.

Opponents of charter schools were quick to roll out the usual objections, claiming that charters cherry-pick their students, or have fewer minority students, poor students, or students with limited English skills.
Such arguments have been repeatedly discredited. They can be dismissed by anyone who bothers to refer to state school profile data, as well as state laws, which clearly state that charter schools fill their places by lottery.


Thursday, March 19, 2015


Gains at Boston charter schools outpace those at district peers, according to six-year study - The Boston Globe
Date:   MARCH 19, 2015  Mar 19, 2015

Boston charter schools outperformed their counterparts in traditional public schools by a striking margin over a recent six-year span, a Stanford University study has found, posting academic gains that far surpassed other urban areas nationwide.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Commissioner of Education must go!

Governor Baker should seek new leadership at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Guest viewpoint

Chester lashes back at critics - Sentinel & Enterprise

State education chief says Fitchburg, Brockton charter schools proposals were properly vetted

Our perspective on state's decision

Hello friends. .
Still reeling from the DESE decision. Thank you for your kind words of support. We are still looking at our options. We believe that Commissioner Chester's decision was political. He approved the Horace Mann proposals which are schools that are under the thumb of the district superintendent, union, and school committee. The Commonwealth Charter schools are autonomous and independent ..our application and Brockton.  Chester's actions show that he is not a proponent of Commonwealth Charters. This decision is the first time since 1996 that a Commonwealth Charter was not approved! So we are hoping for changes with Gov. Baker and Peyser, the new Secretary of Education. We also hope that in this election year candidates that support charter schools come forward to challenge the status quo. 


Academy for the Whole Child not recommended!

State declines to back any plans for new independent charter schools!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

REMEMBER...Martin Luther King, Jr.

Remember the courage of Martin Luther King, Jr.  He fought for his beliefs and rights for all!