Massachusetts Voters Turn Down Charter Expansion

11/13/2016  In Massachusetts, an initiative to lift the cap on charter schools was handily defeated based on widespread opposition from the educational community because of the threat to public school funding. http://edushyster.com/what-went-down-in-massachusetts/  In Georgia, a plan by the governor to create a statewide district for “failed schools” patterned after examples from other states, which have not worked, was also  defeated. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/District_Dossier/2016/11/georgia_voters_defeat_constitutional_amendment_on_statewide_district_for_failing_schools .html Both measures were supported by large contributions from out-of-state charter advocacy and privatization groups but succumbed to the organized opposition of teachers, parents, and community members. In California, two propositions to continue a tax on the highest earners to support public education and a bond issue for school construction both passed by large majorities.

 

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