Education Committee Meeting - May 18, 2016

2016 - 109 - Resolve - Against Lifting the Cap on Commonwealth Charter Schools

 

Resolution Against Lifting the Cap on Commonwealth Charter Schools

WHEREAS, free public schools available to all students regardless of income, ability, need or English

language proficiency are foundational to our democracy; and

WHEREAS, all of our students deserve high-quality public schools that teach the whole child, providing

enrichment and addressing social and emotional needs in addition to core academic subjects; and

WHEREAS, local accountability for our public schools is necessary to ensure that schools are responsive

to the needs of their communities; and

WHEREAS, Quincy is losing $382,828 to Commonwealth charter schools and public school districts

across the state are losing more than $408 million this year alone — a loss of funds that is undermining

the ability of districts to provide all students with the educational services to which they are entitled;

and

WHEREAS, Commonwealth charter schools are often approved over the objections of a majority of

community residents and their elected officials and are not accountable to local elected officials once

they are approved; and

WHEREAS, Commonwealth charter schools often fail to serve the same proportion of special needs

students, low-income students and English language learners as the districts from which they receive

students and often use high suspension rates to drive out students they don’t want to serve; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth charter school system is creating separate and unequal opportunities for

success; and

WHEREAS, lifting the cap on charter schools would greatly worsen the problems listed above and lead to

a costly and divisive two-track school system;

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Quincy City Council opposes lifting the cap on Commonwealth

charter schools.

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