As if the presidential candidates on offer this November were not already sufficiently painful to the human spirit, Massachusetts voters over the next seven weeks are in for additional lies and insults from Save Our Public Schools Massachusetts, a coalition of parents, unionized teachers and activists who have taken it upon themselves to oppose ballot Question 2, which would provide for additional public charter schools and enrollment.
No sooner had the school buses and crisp autumn air returned than SOPS began distributing garish blue-and-yellow signs declaring “No on 2 / Bad for Our Schools,” thus planting the notion that the only schools worth the name are district public schools.
There is a still more offensive website, saveourpublicschoolsma.com, which alleges “privately operated charter schools” “siphon off” some $450 million in funds annually.
Never mind that public charter schools are public, and arguably more accountable than district public schools. Charters, after all, must defend their performance every five years in order to have their charter renewed, whereas district public schools that fail to make the grade simply get more funding and sometimes new leaders.
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