MassFiscal Scorecard Update: Charter Schools & the Convention Center

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)

Yes, we’ve done it again — six new votes added to the MassFiscal Scorecard! As usual, you can check out a brief explanation of each new vote follows, then head over to the site itself to find out how your representative and senator voted.

SENATE (4 Votes)


1. Study PARCC Implementation Costs (Roll Call #406): This amendment sought to require an analysis of the costs associated with switching from the current MCAS assessments to the proposed PARCC tests. MassFiscal would have voted YES. The amendment failed 14-25 (D: 10-25; R: 4-0).

2. Senate Version of Charter School Expansion (Roll Call #407): This vote was on the Senate version of a proposal to raise the cap on the number of charter schools in Massachusetts. Unlike the House version, it included guarantees of more funding for school districts whose students transfer to charter schools. MassFiscal would have voted YES. The proposal failed 13-26 (D: 9-26; R: 4-0).

3. House Version of Charter School Expansion (Senate Vote – Roll Call #408): This vote was on the House version of a proposal to raise the cap on the number of charter schools in Massachusetts. Unlike the Senate version, it did not include guarantees of more funding for school districts whose students transfer to charter schools. MassFiscal would have voted YES. The bill failed9-30 (D: 5-30; R: 4-0).

4. Convention Center Conference Report (Senate Vote – Roll Call #409): This vote was to approve the conference committee report authorizing a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exposition Center (BCEC). MassFiscal would have voted NO. The bill passed 33-7 (D: 33-3; R: 0-4).

HOUSE (2 Votes)


1. House Version of Charter School Expansion (House Vote – Roll Call #378): This vote was on the House version of a proposal to raise the cap on the number of charter schools in Massachusetts. Unlike the Senate version, it did not include guarantees of more funding for school districts whose students transfer to charter schools. MassFiscal would have voted YES. The bill passed 114-35 (D: 85-35; R: 29-0).

2. Convention Center Conference Report (House Vote – Roll Call #423): This vote was to approve the conference committee report authorizing a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exposition Center (BCEC). MassFiscal would have voted NO. The bill passed 131-19 (D: 131-0; R: 10-19).

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  • AmyCall

    Finally they are doing something. Well, trying at least. Thanks for detailed information, always nice to look through the data. Moreover, it’s not something you can easily find in a newspaper. I really hope they will start supporting education system better. Students here look for someone to write essays for you as they’ve never seen a decent educational program. I do not blame teachers, they are doing their best. But you can’t possibly help each and every student, especially since their abilities vary. Smaller classes and improved funding is something they should focus.