Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2016 #75
ORDER ADOPTED
Apr 4, 2016 5:30 PM

City Council opposition to raising the cap on charter schools, supporting the improvement of district public schools and the equitable division of educational resources.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, MMSponsors:Mayor Marc C. McGovern, Councillor Craig A. Kelley
Category:Policy Order

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CHARTER RIGHT EXERCISED BY COUNCILLOR TOOMEY ON MARCH 21, 2016.

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WHEREAS:

The creation of charter schools has created a two-tiered educational system that draws resources away from the broad group of public school students to serve a narrow select few; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

A recent initiative is seeking to expand charter schools in the state by allowing the authorization of up to twelve new charters in a year; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Lifting the cap on charter schools would divert even more resources from the traditional public school system – resources such as qualified teachers and money that would improve district schools; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Many educational organizations, including teachers’ unions vocally oppose charter expansion; now therefore be it

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Council go on record in opposition to raising the cap on charter schools, supporting the improvement of district public schools and the equitable division of educational resources; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to the elected Cambridge delegation in the House and Senate, and to Governor Baker on behalf of the entire City Council.

 

Meeting History

Mar 21, 2016 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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CHARTER RIGHT EXERCISED BY COUNCILLOR TOOMEY

RESULT:CHARTER RIGHTNext: 4/4/2016 5:30 PM
Apr 4, 2016 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [5 TO 3]
YEAS:Craig A. Kelley, David P. Maher, Nadeem A. Mazen, Marc C. McGovern, E. Denise Simmons
NAYS:Dennis J. Carlone, Jan Devereux, Timothy J. Toomey
ABSENT:Leland Cheung