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Boston, MA - 11/08/2016 - Anti-charter school activists celebrate tonight's results at a joint gathering at the State Democratic Party Election Night party at Fairmount Copley Plaza. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Metro, Reporter: David Scharfenberg, Topic: 09charter, LOID: 8.3.563314803

Mass. voters reject ballot question on charter schools

Opponents of Question 2 claimed victory as supporters expressed disappointment.

Marixa Martinez spent Saturday afternoon canvassing in support of Question 2.

Both sides make final push on Question 2

Supporters and opponents of a ballot question that would expand charter schools took to the streets Saturday to reach voters.

US Education Secretary John King.

Obama official backs Mass. charter expansion

“Certainly if I lived in Massachusetts and was a Massachusetts voter, I would be voting in support of the ballot measure,” said John King.

Know before you go: Your cheat sheet to Mass. ballot questions

Massachusetts voters are deciding on a second slots parlor, charter schools, confinement of farm animals, and marijuana legalization.

Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders calls for defeat of charter school measure

Sanders faulted the question for relying on money from New York backers.

A sign against a ballot question to lift the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts was seen at the McKinley South End Academy last month.

Charters used to enjoy bipartisan support. Not anymore

With just weeks to go before voters consider a plan to expand charter schools in the state, Democrats have swung against the question in large numbers.

Angelo Jones talked with his mother, Janeé, at their home in Brighton. Angelo recently transferred to Davis Leadership Academy.

A charter school success story, made possible by chance

Angelo Jones is thriving at Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy, but only because his family hit the (educational) jackpot.

Mayor Daniel Rivera called Moody’s analysis “worrisome.’’

Charter school vote may hurt ratings, credit agency says

The Moody’s bond-rating agency said expanding charter schools could weaken the financial standing of Boston and three other cities.

File photo of printout of lottery results for student admission to the Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester.


Don’t raise the charter-school cap. Eliminate it

Why can’t every public school in Massachusetts be a charter school?

A math teacher worked with fifth-grader Gabrielle French at Bridge Boston Charter School.

Many charter schools lag in enrolling students lacking English fluency

One of the widest enrollment disparities exists in Boston, a Globe review found.

An early ballot envelope was held at town hall in North Andover last week.

Outside money flows for Mass. ballot items

Spending on Mass. ballot-question campaigns will eclipse the record-breaking $30.2 million spent in 2014.

Roxbury, Ma 031213 City on a Hill Charter School student volunteer check names of future students drawn from a list of hopefuls on lottery day on March 12, 2014 for charter school placements in Boston. More than 13,600 names have been entered for nearly 2,200 open seats. According to the principal as of earlier today 900 names had been entered at this site for about 100 openings. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)


Vote ‘yes’ on Question 2

Voters have a chance to continue a successful strategy in public education by approving a measure that would allow the state to continue expanding public charter schools.

Amanda Ceide and her son Kiernan relaxed after school in Malden. Ceide pulled her son from a charter school and put him back in a public school.


Finding a school that gave her son room to run

Parents who say their children were punished for behaviors caused by disabilities have become outspoken critics of Question 2.

Boston city councilor Andrea Campbell.

Adrian Walker

Adding charter schools is about opportunity, not just funding

Lifting the cap could place good schools within reach of more students. Why is that a bad idea?

Baker affirms support for Question 2 in TV ad

Governor Baker is asking voters to back a ballot measure allowing for more charter schools in the state in an ad that begins airing today.

Ricardo Rosa’s community involvement in New Bedford includes teaching Taekwondo at the local Boys and Girls Club.

Despite troubles, family stays devoted to public schools

To the Rosas, Question 2 on the statewide ballot would be catastrophic to public education.

Signs on a window at the Boston Arts Academy advocate a no vote on Question 2.

Effort will target Democrats to support charter schools

A group will use phone calls, mailings, and radio advertising to reach out to Democratic voters.

Janelle Smith arrived with daughter Alorah Miles, 9, at Philbrick Elementary in Roslindale, her school for now.

A charter success story, dreaming of a sequel

As voters consider a ballot question that would lift Massachusetts’ cap on charter schools, parents like Janelle Smith see an opportunity.

Opinion | Martin J. Walsh

Vote ‘no’ on Question 2

Approval of Question 2 would greatly increase the likelihood of school failures that hurt kids and discredit the education reform movement.

A City on a Hill Charter School student volunteer checked names of future students drawn from a list of hopefuls on lottery day in 2014.

Question 2: Should Mass. lift the charter school cap?

Question 2 would allow some charter schools to expand and some new schools to open.

Boston School Committee opposes charter school question

The Boston School Committee unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday night opposing a ballot question that would accelerate the opening of charter schools in Boston and across the state.

Staff at the McKinley South End Academy posted signs urging a no vote on Question 2.

When does charter school politicking cross the line?

The fight over the upcoming ballot question is prompting state ethics complaints from both sides.


Dedham panel opposes lifting cap on charter schools

The Dedham School Committee has voted unanimously to oppose the November ballot question that would allow more charter schools in the state, saying it would hurt the town’s schools financially.

Angela Rubenstein, public school teacher against Question 2.

Education | Magazine

Teachers on opposite sides of the charter school debate speak out

They’ve taught in both charter and regular public schools, and they know how they’re voting on Question 2 and why.

Capital source

Pro-charter group launches new TV spot

The 30-second ad rebuts teachers unions on a ballot question to expand charter schools in the state.

Boston School Committee takes up charter school question

The seven-member committee who opposes the ballot question, is expected to vote on the resolution at its next meeting on Oct. 5.

Boston Ma 09132016 Ballot Question debate on Question 2 was held at UMass-Boston campus . The debate was sponserd by the Boston Globe and WBUR. Left to right are Co- Moderator David Scharfenberg (cq) and Moderator Meghna Chakrabarti (cq) Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson (cq) and Former State Rep. Marty Waltz (cq) listens at far right.. Globe/Staff Photographer Jonathan Wiggs

Charter debate focuses on funding, equity issues

A charter school supporter accused officials of not adequately educating all students, during a tense debate Tuesday.

Governor Charlie Baker speaks at a State House rally in support of lifting the cap on charter schools July 14, 2016.

Charter school ballot question is in tight contest, new poll finds

Close to half of the respondents in the WBUR/MassINC Polling survey — 48 percent to be exact — would vote against expanding charter schools.

Boston, MA - 8/24/2016 - Boston City Councilor President Michelle Wu performs during a jam session meant to foster camaraderie between City Councilors at Boston's City Hall in Boston, MA August 24, 2016. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)


Council president officially opposes charter school ballot measure

Michelle Wu will vote “No” on a November referendum to lift the state charter school cap.

State Senator Patricia Jehlen, a Somerville Democrat, faces a primary challenge from Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung.

Charter debate playing out in small races with big money

Charter school friends and foes, like the state’s teachers’ union, are spending relatively big bucks backing candidates who support their views.

New, upbeat ad sings the praises of charter schools for Nov. vote

The 30-second spot is part of the multimillion-dollar campaign from the group backing a referendum to expand charter schools in Mass.

Donors behind charter push keep to the shadows

The cloak of secrecy surrounding the financing of this state ballot campaign has frustrated election officials.

State Democratic Party opposes charter school expansion

At a committee meeting, the party voted overwhelmingly for a resolution that is harshly critical of the charter-school movement.

Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, is the driving force behind the charter school ballot question. The initiative is exposing some divisions in the state Democratic Party.

Ballot question on charter schools divides Democrats

State committee members will discuss the measure when they gather Tuesday night in Lawrence.

Charter school backers launch massive TV ad campaign

The $2.3 million advertising campaign is aimed at persuading residents to vote to expand the number of charter schools in the state.

A City on a Hill Charter School student volunteer checked names of future students drawn from a list of hopefuls on lottery day in March 2014 for charter school placements in Boston.

Charter school opponents kick off TV blitz

The main group hoping to defeat November’s referendum is launching a 30-second spot.

Boston City Hall.

Councilors file resolution opposing charter school ballot question

Matt O’Malley and Tito Jackson will introduce the resolution at Wednesday’s meeting.

Barbara Madeloni was reelected as the Massachusetts Teachers Association’s president.

Teachers Association vows to fight lifting charter ban

The MTA approved more than $9 million to fight a ballot initiative that would lift the cap on charter schools.


Charter school poll shows support for ballot measure

The survey, paid for by a group that backs expanding charter schools, showed high levels of support among black, Latino, and low-income parents.

Latin teacher Aaron Fuller discussed “The Aenied” with his eighth-grade students at the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough.

Money is at the heart of the Mass. charter debate

Charter school supporters say there is no reason for district schools to continue receiving money for students they aren’t educating.

Governor Charlie Baker received a petition with 20,000 signatures advocating expanded charter schools from Dawn Foye, parent of a KIPP school student.

Bitter fight brewing over Mass. charter school expansion

A winner-take-all fight is shaping up at the ballot box this fall.

Adrian Walker

A false debate over charter schools

It’s folly to say that public schools shouldn’t be supported — and it’s folly to say that parents shouldn’t have choices.