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O n Oct. 4, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Heidi Brieger dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the state’s cap on Commonwealth charter schools.
On Oct. 13, lawyers for the plaintiffs filed a notice of appeal with
MTA President Barbara Madeloni released the following statement
shortly after the dismissal of the initial lawsuit was announced:
We are deeply gratified that the Superior Court threw out the
ill-conceived lawsuit that sought to eliminate the cap on charter schools.
The court agreed with Attorney General Maura Healey’s motion to
dismiss the lawsuit and accepted none of the plaintiffs’ multiple claims
that limits on charter schools violate students’ constitutional rights. The
MTA filed an amicus brief in support of the attorney general’s motion, as
did the NAACP.
The ruling sets the record straight, finding that the cap is consistent
with the constitutional requirement to “cherish” public education. The
court noted, “This decision — how to allocate public education choices
among the multitude of possible types — is best left to those elected to
make those choices to be carried out by those educated and experienced to
We agree. Supporters of lifting the cap made their case to the
Legislature and failed to win there — in the most appropriate venue
for deciding how to allocate scarce education resources. Now they are
engaged in the most expensive initiative petition campaign in the history
The court notes that charter schools are “funded by the school
districts from which they draw students or in which they are located.
Consequently, public funding for charter schools necessarily affects the
public funding of non-charter schools in the district.”
Again, we agree. Through misleading ads, supporters have been
trying to convince voters that Question 2 will actually increase funding
for public schools. We are working with other supporters of public
education to get out the truth recognized by the court: Charter schools
will drain $450 million from district public schools this year, and that
number could rise to more than $1 billion in just six years if Question 2 is
passed. It is also important that voters understand that under Question 2,
charter schools could be opened anywhere in Massachusetts, with no limit
on how much money any one district could lose.
MTA welcomes dismissal
of suit seeking cap lift
“Comparing district schools to charters is like
comparing apples to oranges,” said Madeloni. “It is
well known by now that charter schools fail to serve
as many English language learners and special needs
students as their sending districts. The ‘no excuses’
charters also suspend high numbers of students for
minor nonviolent offenses. This practice forces out
kids who don’t fit the mold.”
Somerville Teachers Association President
Jackie Lawrence, speaking at a No on 2 rally
on Oct. 6, said that district public schools have
a special mission that needs to be supported.
Charters pose a sharp contrast in the way they serve
3- and 4-year-olds who were identified with special
needs,” Lawrence said. “I looked into the eyes of
parents who were grappling with information that
their child, their precious baby, needed special
education services. And then I showed them the
light. I explained to them about the services that
educators in Somerville are able to offer. What I
and my colleagues did not do, nor would we ever
do, is counsel parents to take their child out of the
real public schools. Somerville teachers believe in
educating all children, regardless of their skill level,
ability, language, gender and race.”
The MTA is urging members to be involved
in the No on 2 campaign all the way through
Election Day. To sign up to participate, please visit
No on 2 advocates were out in force for the
Springfield Puerto Rican Parade on Sept. 18.
Photo by Nancy deProsse