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July 25, 2016      

 

Bipartisan Coalition in Support of Question 2 Celebrates Opening of Roxbury Field Office

Parents and Educators Open Office in Support of Statewide Ballot Campaign to Give Families Fair Access to Public Charter Schools.


On Saturday, a coalition of public charter school supporters joined together to open a field office in Roxbury as the Yes on 2 campaign moves forward to bring fair access to public charter schools to thousands of the Commonwealth’s students.

Following the office opening, volunteers went door-to-door in Roxbury and spoke directly to voters about the need to bring fair access to public charter schools to Massachusetts families.

“Right now, there are 33,000 students in the Commonwealth—nearly a third of whom live in Boston alone—who desperately want access to public charter schools,” said Eileen O’Connor, spokesperson for the Great Schools Massachusetts coalition and a Boston resident. “We’re excited to open this office in Roxbury and start talking directly to voters.”

The field office is located at 67 Kemble Street in Roxbury.

“Because of a public charter school here in Roxbury, my child has been able to get a great education in our community,” said Pertreena Cherrie, whose daughter attends KIPP Academy in Roxbury. “We’re going door-to-door to let every parent in Boston know about the longer school days and individual attention that public charter schools provide.” 

“Boston is home to some of the best public charter schools in the country,” said Shellina Semexant, who has two children currently enrolled at KIPP and one on the waiting list. “But the cap is denying my child the opportunity to attend one of them. That’s wrong – and it’s why I’ll be fighting so hard from now until November.”

Passing Question 2 in November would enable the state Board of Education to approve a modest increase in new charter schools or expansions per year, with preference given to schools in the lowest 25% performing districts, where public charter schools are in high demand from parents. New public charter schools would continue to be subjected to the rigorous approval and accountability processes that have made Massachusetts home to the nation’s best public charter schools.

Great Schools Massachusetts is a statewide coalition of parents, community groups, public charter schools, education advocates and members of the business community committed to providing families with equal access to public charter schools. Nearly 33,000 children in Massachusetts remain stuck on public charter school waiting lists due to arbitrary enrollment caps, particularly in urban districts where traditional public schools are underperforming. Great Schools Massachusetts is committed to providing families with equal access to public charter schools.

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Eileen O’Connor | [email protected] | 617-806-6999