Chris DeLorey comments:
Hi Will –
I hope you will vote to lift the charter cap in underperforming districts (H4108). there are over 40,000 children on waiting list right now and you and I both know the main reason to vote against this is political.
Our kids in Belmont have a great headstart and our town deserves a great deal of credit for our achievements. I hope you will consider the plight of the families in districts that dont have the same opportunities as your children or mine, but we know , when given the chance they can perform as well as our kids do. It’s fair and the right thing to do. I look forward to your vote. Thanks Will.
And conversely, Anthony Kelley comments:
There is a senate vote to raise the cap on Charter schools on Wednesday, July 16th. In a conversation with me Senator, you agreed their are a number of problems with the existing Charter Schools. An example of this is the fact that the Charter School keeps our tax dollars even if the student returns to public school. If you increase the number if Charter Schools you increase the problem. Please vote no on lifting the cap.
I’ve heard a lot on both sides of this question. I’m prepared to support the approach being developed by Senator Chang-Diaz which allows expansion of charters provided that the state is meeting its commitments to provide partial reimbursement to school districts losing funds as a result of the transition. I share the feeling that every parent should be allowed to bring their children to schools that they feel good about and in some cities that often means charters. At the same time, when districts lose funds to charters, it makes it harder for them to improve and I also hear from Boston parents who like their district schools and oppose the loss of funding. It really isn’t just the BTU that is opposing charters. There are parents who care about their kids on both sides of the question. Senator Chang-Diaz has many constituents on both sides of this divide in her district and I think she is doing a nice job trying to strike a practical balance.