Voting NO on #2 would prevent Massachusetts from lifting the current cap on charter schools in the state, and allow for the addition of 12 additional charters every year. What does that mean, you might ask?
- Loss of local control over public schools–the people lose power! Charters do not have oversight from parents or school committees. They are privately run without your input, and publicly funded with your tax dollars.
- Andover is ALREADY losing more than $144,000 a year to charter schools annually! Lifting this cap would have a direct impact across all curriculum and program areas in Andover. Vote NO on #2 this November to ensure that no more of our local taxes are taken away from our children’s schools!
- Charter schools do NOT serve all students, especially English learners and special needs students. This means that populations with the greatest needs will be “tracked” into the traditional public schools, which will already be underfunded due to the expansion of charters. This is why the NAACP has described this system as “separate and unequal” education.
In 2017, the state of Massachusetts will lose more than $450 million to charter schools. Lifting the cap would mean an additional $100 million would be taken away from existing public schools, and that’s just in year one! With each passing year, hundreds of millions of dollars will continue to be taken from our public education system, doing irreparable damage. Vote NO on #2 and save our schools!
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