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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker takes a selfie with a student at Brooke Charter School in Mattapan, Mass., after announcing new legislation to lift the current cap on the number of charter schools that can be opened in the state.
—Joanne DeCaro/Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Major Political and Legal Push Underway to Lift Mass. Charter Cap

Backed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, advocates engage in all-out effort to ease restrictions on opening new charters. (October 20, 2015)

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The first national study of online charter schools found that the schools generate dramatically weaker academic growth than their brick-and-mortar counterparts.
November 3, 2015 - Education Week
Backed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, advocates engage in all-out effort to ease restrictions on opening new charters.
October 20, 2015 - Education Week
In their indictment of Barbara Byrd-Bennett, federal prosecutors allege the former superintendent steered a $23 million, no-bid contract to her former employers.
October 13, 2015 - Education Week
In a state where charters have generated scandal-ridden headlines for years, critics and advocates alike are calling for tougher oversight.
October 9, 2015 - Education Week
A proposal from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation to more than double the number of charters in the city is raising major questions about its viability.
October 6, 2015 - Education Week
As large-scale choice programs mature and new ones are created, advocates are looking to the thriving charter sector for lessons in how to grow.
September 29, 2015 - Education Week
A final evaluation of KIPP finds that its schools continue to have a positive impact on student achievement, even as the network expands.
September 22, 2015 - Education Week
The social media giant is bringing its engineering talents to the K-12 arena by teaming up with the Summit Public Schools on a personalized learning system.
September 15, 2015 - Education Week
September 15, 2015 - Education Week
Charter supporters scramble to find ways of keeping the schools alive after Washington’s charter law is struck down, while charter critics hope to build momentum.
September 11, 2015 - Education Week

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