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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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To win a second term, Mayor Rahm Emanuel faces a rival who is strongly backed by the city's influential teachers' union.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
School administrators, not teacher-tenure laws, are responsible for "ineffective" educators, writes former teacher and principal David Finley.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers step up lobbying efforts, targeting lawmakers in their districts.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
Advocates predict this month's endorsement from the Boston teachers' union will spur more districts to extend the school day.
January 27, 2015 | Updated: June 23, 2015 - Education Week
In a recent back and forth, Peter Cunningham and Randi Weingarten debate the meaning of "collaboration" and its role in the K-12 ecosystem.
December 29, 2014 - Education Week
Critics like United Students Against Sweatshops should applaud Teach For America, not bash it, former Milwaukee schools chief Howard Fuller writes.
December 9, 2014 | Updated: June 23, 2015 - Education Week
A battery of new licensing tests in New York has led to relatively low passing rates for prospective teachers, according to data issued this week by the state education department.
November 21, 2014 - Education Week
The battle for the Golden State's top K-12 spot—with teachers' unions backing incumbent Tom Torlakson's successful re-election bid—became a proxy war over K-12 policy.
November 11, 2014 - Education Week
School choice programs and efforts to overhaul education funding systems could get a boost from the wave of new and re-elected Republican governors and state lawmakers.
November 7, 2014 - Education Week
More than $60 million in campaign money failed to unseat key Republican governors or secure the Democrats' majority in the U.S. Senate.
November 7, 2014 - Education Week

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