Charter-school measures a hot topic on Massachusetts’ ballot

Nov 5 2016

By Katharine Q. Seelye and Jess Bidgood, The Seattle Times / The New York Times

But supporters of expanding charter schools say the argument that they drain money from public schools is alarmist and misleading. The yes side points to a study by the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation — the Boston Foundation, which supports charters, financed the study — which concluded that charters do not take more money than their fair share, since financing follows children when they switch schools. This year, the study reported, 3.9 percent of the state’s students attend charter schools, which are receiving 3.9 percent of education money.
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