Meanwhile last week the MA DOE held a charter school love-in in City Council chambers. Hundreds of attendees “ 99% in favor of charter school expansion “ testified as to why their charter school ought to be approved. (See a Globe report here.) City Councilor John Connolly testified in favor of wholesale charter expansion saying it would be a good route to weakening the BTU contract.
A supporter of the MATCH Charter School testified at the hearing that the controversial MATCH application had received support from Deputy Superintendent Michael Goar. Goar’s support of the MATCH application had drawn raised eyebrows throughout the district. Although Goar’s support came with an acknowledgment that there had been difficulties in the past with MATCH, many school observers wondered why he would be supporting any charter application “ let alone one from MATCH “ given MATCH’s history of evicting students.
Two years ago, the district and the MATCH leaderships exchanged a war of words (Globe, May 27, 2008) as MATCH sent two students in their senior year to Brighton High just 2 weeks short of graduation. MATCH, which had been named a ‘dropout factory’ in a John Hopkins University study, was well-known for having a drop-out rate exceeding 70%, with many students leaving just prior to graduation. With all of this in the background, Mr. Goar’s support was…well, perplexing.