Charter School Funding

The Massachusetts High Technology Council opposes the charter school funding changes the Massachusetts Senate passed this morning a mere four months after preserving funding mechanisms through Chapter 70 in the new Achievement Gap law. The proposal the Senate adopted this morning has repeatedly been proposed as a way to fine-tune reimbursement procedures, but unduly makes funding for charter school growth vulnerable to budget cuts outside of Chapter 70 and undermines the intent of the Achievement Gap law’s authorization of charter expansion in the lowest-performing districts. This also represents another state impediment to charter growth that will likely count against the state in its Race to the Top re-application. The Council calls upon Senate and House leaders to reject this amendment in budget conference.