Worcester Telegram editorial
May 13, 2012
The Worcester Telegram editorial team discusses state education officials decision to lift a temporary moratorium on charter school seats in major cities, opening up more than 1,000 new seats in Boston alone by the fall of 2013.
While they are supportive of the move, the article also notes that the state’s 68 charter schools now have some 45,000 students waiting for seats; "That’s nearly twice the population of the entire Worcester Public School system. Yet, state education policy continues to keep the reins on the total number of public charter schools that can open and the percentage of students who can attend them."
"The best way for Mr. Chester and lawmakers to persuade those 45,000 children in waiting that they really care about them is to do what numerous other states have done, and permanently end all limits on the number of charter schools that can operate in Massachusetts, and the percentage of students who can attend them."