|Give Boston Credit for its Growth: The Massachusetts State Board of Education will be taking an important education vote on Tuesday, June 24. Please contact the members of the state Board of Education TODAY to ask them to increase the weight of student growth in the State’s district and school accountability formula.
As you know, the current formula is focused on poor districts without taking into account sufficient growth. Boston students are demonstrating growth. There are Boston public schools that are doing better than many suburban districts.
Ask the Senate to Vote No on Charter Expansion: Please contact your State Senator and ask that he or she vote no on H4108. H4108 is centered around the charter school issue and includes raising the cap on charter schools. H4091 is focused on poor districts without taking into account sufficient growth. Growth in each district across the Commonwealth must be looked at. Boston is not in the bottom 20% based upon MCAS scores. Boston is currently at 29%. Boston students are demonstrating growth and that they learning more than other districts. In fact, some of the Boston schools are doing better than many suburban districts.
The bill passed by the House on May 21 is now in the Senate. Although there is no scheduled vote, many long-standing questions remain unanswered. Too many communities, including Boston, lose critical funding to charter schools. Inadequate reimbursement comes from the state to the district. Issues such as requiring charter school teachers to have the same licensure as public school teachers, proper funding mechanisms with holds on the cap, and provisions for local approval are not addressed in the bill.
This year alone, Boston will lose more than $104 million to charter schools. At the same time, charter schools enroll a far smaller percentage of English language learners and students with moderate or severe disabilities, which greatly impacts the poorest districts. The students who are most disadvantaged and most costly to educate remain in urban districts while scarce resources are being drained from their budgets.