Sun Mail: ‘What about 800 Worcester kids on public charter school waiting lists?’

“Approximately half of the public schools in Worcester are ranked as underperforming, according to the state. What about the public school students in those schools? Recent MCAS/PARCC data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education found that 100 percent of urban charter schools in Massachusetts received the state’s highest academic rankings.” A letter to the editor.

On Beacon Hill: Petty among mayors to call for extending Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund; Pike transition expected to take a toll

The original funding, $60 million over four years (Worcester got $6M), is slated to run out at the end of June 2017. “This program is changing the way we think about wellness. We need to realize that health is not simply the absence of illness,” Petty told the Sun in an email late Friday. “This program is about taking healthcare out of the traditional clinical setting and changing behavior patterns in our most vulnerable populations.” Also, the Mass Pike will never be the same — find out why officials suggest taking the train if you can.

Editorial: ‘No’ on Question 2

The state’s second ballot question is not an easy decision. The proposal to raise the state’s cap on charter schools requires study and thought, including weighing passionate arguments and sometimes conflicting information. The way becomes clearer when we step back from the bitterness of this fight and focus on the public school system’s core purpose. Check back with Worcester Sun for our thoughts on Question 4 and Trump vs. Clinton.

On Beacon Hill: DeLeo backs charter schools, Rosenberg’s fired up for legal pot, but what do voters think?

DeLeo on charter schools: “I decided to do what I feel is best for students, whatever the political ramifications may be. I think, again, it’s the right thing to do.” Rosenberg on marijuana: “You ought to be able to follow the law and be able to have a few plants growing on your property.” A poll of likely voters shows the Bay State agrees with one of them. But which one? Also this week: Baker on automated cars and the budget; and Polito on state employee layoffs.

Worcester Sun, Oct. 23-29: In this issue

Ray Mariano joins the Sun. Yeah, that one! Read his first column. While we’re at the politics, Sinacola is off to the races on Question 1; our editorial tackles Question 2; Hitch has his eyes on Fresolo; and we check the statewide pulse as Election Day nears. … Union Music is in the Local Business Spotlight. Giselle Rivera-Flores is on the move. And much more in your Oct. 23-29 Worcester Sun.

On Beacon Hill: Retribution allegations put heat on Baker administration

The retaliation claim involves a staffer who reportedly said she faced harassment and was told she would be transferred to a different office after her fiance, a Democrat, launched a Senate campaign against GOP incumbent Sen. Donald Humason Jr. of Westfield. Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, and his legal office were made aware of initial allegations in June, and an internal investigation began about 10 days ago after more detailed allegations surfaced in August.

The booklets are coming! The booklets are coming! Galvin touts voter guides as potentially record-setting Election Day nears [plus video]

As required by the state constitution, Secretary of State William F. Galvin this week began mailing voter information booklets to all registered voters in the state. “There is already a significant amount of money being expended on advertising on some of these questions,” Galvin said, “and so therefore we are anxious for people to have the opportunity to make sure they know exactly what the issue before them is.”

Sina-cism: Save Our Sanity — anti-charter school lies and distortion

“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.” Chris Sinacola does some fact-checking on Question 2 opponents Save Our Public Schools.

Worcester Sun, Sept. 18-24: In this issue

It’s all fun and games — well, sort of. We spotlight a group of Becker alums led by Breeze Grigas that’s powering a gust of momentum into the gaming world. A feature story on a tucked-away community on the shores of Lake Quinsigamond. Chris Sinacola takes on charter school detractors. Thoughts on Worcester going to the dogs and Ed Augustus being caught in the crossfire. An incredible chapter in the unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia’s journey to Worcester. And much more in your Sept. 18-24 Worcester Sun.