Charter Pulse

Selected readings on US charter schools

MASSACHUSETTS: Leading The Way In Education Means Lifting The Charter School Cap

The demand by Gov. Charlie Baker in last week’s inauguration speech for more charter schools undoubtedly prompted groaning from scores of legislators still licking wounds from the charter cap battle they … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

MASSACHUSETTES: New school ratings bring criticism from charter backers

MALDEN — Charter school advocates are protesting a change in how the state rates school district performance that is expected to restrict charter school growth in Brockton, Worcester, Somerville, and … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

MASSACHUSETTS: Demand for charter schools zooms, but gubernatorial candidates have varied positions

The demand by Cape Cod parents for more opportunities for their children to be selected to enter a charter school is raising exponentially. There are nearly a thousand students waiting … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

What is MASSACHUSETTS doing right?

American students’ scores on a test given to 15-year-olds around the world have stagnated over the past several years. Lowly Vietnam beat the U.S. in science and math, according to … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

What This Week’s Elections Mean for Charter Schools

While there were only a small number of elections and referendums at stake on Tuesday, some of them had big implications for public charter schools: 1.  Virginia will likely remain … Continue reading

November 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

MASSACHUSETTS: The Boston Foundation rolls out another MIT charter school study today

A new study, funded by The Boston Foundation and conducted by MIT researchers, shows that middle and charter school students in Boston are outperforming their peers in Boston public schools … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

MASSACHUSETTS: Local schools’ mental-health workers honored for their efforts

LOWELL — Anne Monoxelos never takes no for an answer when her students at Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School resist painting pictures. Just do it, Monoxelos, a social worker at … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

MASSACHUSETTS: Bill has power to equalize Bay State’s schools

In Massachusetts, we proudly hold up our public schools as some of the best in the nation. But even here, too many of our urban schools continue to struggle – … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

MASSACHUSETTS: Lowell charter school on an MCAS mission

Earns top ranking for second straight year LOWELL — In music classes at Lowell Community Charter Public School, the tune of “Feliz Navidad” becomes “The MCAS Song.” Instead of wishing … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

MASSACHUSETTS: New Boston charter schools yield high MCAS scores

Many Boston charter schools that have opened additional campuses frequently scored higher than state averages on last spring’s MCAS, a sign that high performance can be sustained as more students … Continue reading

September 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Break the chains on charter schools in MASSACHUSETTS

What did Massachusetts’ legislators and governor do between April and August this year? They passed a budget, permanent tax increases, a two-day tax holiday, raises for judges, and a long … Continue reading

September 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

MASSACHUSETTS: Boston and the Charter School Cap

Politics halts growth of top-notch schools Imagine you live in a city with a set of open-enrollment public schools, serving predominantly low-income children of color, where students learn at twice … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · Leave a comment


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