Next week, Education Committee will hold a hearing on legislation allowing more charter schools to open in the state’s lowest performing districts. Boston Globe publishes column by prominent Democratic lawmaker – Sen. Barry Finegold – and former Akamai Technologies CEO – Paul Sagan – calling for the Legislature to lift the cap. Several urban communities are closed to new charters, leaving parents without the hope of having additional choices and leaving tens of thousands of children on wait lists. The bill also calls for various district reforms to allow superintendents to have more authority to turn around underperforming district schools. Both elements of the bill are critical to improving our public education system. Finegold’s bill is S.235 and it is co-sponsored by Rep. Russell Holmes – a Democrat from Mattapan – who filed H.425.
Here is the link to the column: http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2013/04/30/podium-charter/Zj3eFgao1WOlMLrkQ2s5tJ/story.html.