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Osborne—A Note to Massachusetts Progressives: Remember, It Was Democrats Who Brought Charter Schools to Town

By / 10.13.2016

In my home state of Massachusetts, voters will decide in November whether to expand the number of urban charter schools — now capped at 18 percent of students in a city. The propaganda wars have begun, and the lies are flying as fast and thick as they do from Donald Trump’s mouth.

Charters are public schools operated independently of district bureaucracies, with more freedom to design their schools and choose their teachers but also subject to greater accountability. If they fail — if their students fall too far behind — they are closed.

Led by the teachers unions, critics of the current ballot proposition to lift the state’s charter cap use several lines of argument — the same arguments they use to oppose charter schools in every other state.

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