Mass. Senate rejects bill to raise charter school limit

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FROM: El Globo…

Mass. Senate rejects bill to raise charter school limit

By Claire McNeill Globe Correspondent

July 16, 2014

A measure to lift the state’s cap on the number of charter schools failed by a wide margin in the Massachusetts Senate Wednesday, dooming for now any legislation on the politically fraught issue.

The state House voted to lift the cap in May, but the measure had faced skepticism in the Senate.

After a spirited debate Wednesday, senators voted 26 to 13 against a proposal backed by Sonia Chang-Diaz that would make the charter expansion contingent on the state fully reimbursing traditional school districts when students transfer to charter schools. The Senate then rejected the House version, 30 to 9.

Charter schools have long been controversial because they do not need to be unionized and are given more flexibility to set their curriculums, budgets, and staffing.


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