Editorial: ‘No’ on Question 2

Question 2 facing Massachusetts voters has, predictably, brought out conflicting arguments and a blitz of expensive ads.

The key to trying to find the better answer — whether to allow for expanded charter school numbers and enrollment — is to side with the ones making none of the noise but who matter the most: the children in our public schools.

Notice we said the “better” answer, not the “correct” one. There are good reasons to vote either way on Question 2.

The bottom line, for us, though, is “No.”

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No, and also: Education should not be this difficult, nor this divisive.

We all want the best possible schooling for our children. We also want Massachusetts to remain a beacon for the rest of the nation on public education. Our state cherishes the ideal of opening wide the doors of learning to its children.

Let’s deliver on that ideal by shoring up the district schools the vast majority of public schoolchildren attend. Only about 4 percent of elementary and secondary pupils attend one of the state’s 78 public charter schools.

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Inbox [Aug. 10]: Union endorses Worcester state rep candidate Dixon, GWCF announces $350k in grants, rain barrel discount ends Saturday, area youth garner Simon scholarships

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Union endorses Dixon in 17th Worcester District

Members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in Massachusetts, announce their endorsement of Moses Dixon, Democratic candidate for state representative in the 17th Worcester District.

Aug 10-UnionDixon finished third in the Democratic primary for the same seat in 2014. State Rep. Kate D. Campanale, R-Leicester, who defeated Doug Belanger two years ago, is the incumbent seeking re-election. Belanger is also running again.

“The stakes couldn’t be higher for working families in this election, and we need to elect champions who share our commitment to quality jobs, quality care and true economic and racial justice for all,” said Tyrék D. Lee Sr., executive vice president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. “Moses Dixon is a dedicated leader who will stand with us on our issues and will fight with us to build a better future for our families. We are proud to endorse him for election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.”

Endorsement: Joe Petty for mayor, for now

The question Ronald Reagan posed to voters before the 1980 election is the standard by which all elections are measured.

“Ask yourself, are you better off now than you were four years ago?” he implored. As it relates to the Tuesday, Nov. 3, municipal election, we ask, “Are the city of Worcester and its residents better off than they were two years ago?”

Worcester voters have three choices for mayor: two-term incumbent Mayor Joseph M. Petty, City Councilor-at-Large Michael T. Gaffney and William S. Coleman III.

In the course of the last six months, we have spoken with thousands of residents. We’ve listened to the candidates at every public forum and debate. We’ve read what they’ve written and listened to what they said.

Endorsements: To allow for new City Council voices, someone must go

The debate is over, the forums are over, the rallies and the standouts winding down. On Tuesday, Nov. 3, it will be up to the voters of Worcester to elect a new City Council.

The final month of the campaign has seen a whirlwind of activity: the announcement of 500 jobs moving downtown as part of a planned $70 million investment on Front and Commercial streets, plans for a $30 million upscale hotel at City Square, the opening of the Recovery High School, to name just a few.

As we note in our endorsement for mayor, though, there exists a level of anxiety over the direction of the city. The next City Council needs to have the backing of the community as it attempts to reconcile the competing views of the city. It needs to be sensible, smart and energetic. Most of all, though, it will require a collective moderate temperament not seen since the election season began in April.

Endorsements: Six for School Committee

The results of Tuesday’s Worcester School Committee election figure to determine the path of the Worcester Public Schools for more than the next two years.

In addition to hiring a permanent replacement for outgoing Superintendent Melinda J. Boone, the next School Committee will be dealing with an underperforming district with schools in much need of repair or replacement, high-stakes testing concerns and a not-always-collegial working relationship with the City Council.

The field of 10 candidates features all six incumbents, a former committee member and three first-time candidates, one fresh out of high school.