By Laura Barrett
T eachers, administrators, parents and local elected;officials;are;sometimes;at;odds;when;it comes to education policy, but they often
stand together in the face of an external threat to
their schools and students.
array of public school supporters.
In both communities, unions, school committees,
School from opening.
scathing rebuttal to the charter application. “We see
The rebuttal details the many successful
and it addresses the part of the charter proposal that
S;ean;Walker,;vice;president;of;the;Fitchburg;Education;Association,;spearheaded;his;local’s opposition to the Academy for the
education to its students,” the resolution concludes.
At one point, the state informed Academy’s
that made up the proposed regional district pushed the
high-performing districts contiguous to Fitchburg
I;n;Brockton;and;Fitchburg,;both;the;school;committees;and;city;councils;have;voted;in;opposition to the charter applications, as did
that are part of the Academy’s region.
attend district schools.
After an initial period of reimbursement, charter
schools drain funds from the sending districts.
In addition, many charters use enrollment
schools;with;fewer;resources;to;educate;a;higher-need student population.
“I urge you to listen to the many educators, parents
During a forum on Nov. 5 at DESE headquarters in Malden, Brockton Education Association
President Kim Gibson spoke against granting a waiver for the New Heights Charter School.
Photo by Laura Barrett