Brockton School Superintendent Matthew Malone and the Brockton Teachers Association have joined forces to challenge a charter school proposal that would “cherry pick” students from the Brockton Public Schools while draining precious tax dollars. How refreshing is that! Add this to the current struggle in Gloucester, and we see local officials in full support of their public schools. Dr. Malone, incidentally, is a former para, teacher, and administrator in the other BPS — that’s our district.
Here’s what Dr. Malone had to say to the Globe:
“I’m going to tell the Board of Education that we believe in charter schools, but not this charter school,” he said. “It’s a bad idea, and one that should end up on the cutting-room floor.”
The president of the Brockton Teachers Union echoed Malone’s remarks. At the risk of being redundant… how refreshing! Charter schools currently drain upwards of $80 million from the Boston Public Schools while offering the same type of “cherry-picking operation,” to quote Matt Malone. The feisty Dr. Malone had his share of run-ins in the BPS with a number of folks, including the author, but we give credit here where credit is surely due. Dr. Malone, thank you for sticking up for education that is truly public.