MTA backs campaign to fight
lifting of charter school cap
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Reasons to oppose lifting the cap
LOST FUNDING: Charter schools siphon hundreds of millions of dollars a year from public
schools. This year alone, Commonwealth charters will divert more than $408 million from district
public schools after reimbursements are taken into account. This means larger class sizes and less
enrichment for students in district public schools.
NO LOCAL CONTROL: Charter schools are not accountable to their local communities.
They are approved by the state, often over the objections of a large majority of local residents — the
people who have to pay for them. Local school committees have no authority over these charter
schools and no recourse if a charter school’s practices have a negative impact on students who attend
the district’s public schools.
STUDENTS PUSHED OUT: Charter schools create a two-track system of public schools,
described by the national NAACP as “separate and unequal.” Charters typically underserve special
needs students, English language learners and economically disadvantaged students. Many use harsh
discipline policies to push out the students they don’t want.
POOR TEACHING AND LEARNING CONDITIONS: Rather than innovate, most charters
focus on test prep and drill. In addition, they have high teacher turnover rates as a result of poor
working conditions, long hours and lack of teacher autonomy. This undermines school stability and
students’ learning conditions.