Educators, Parents Derail Charter Industry Scheme to Defy Will of Voters
“This proposal was defeated because of parents’ activism. As a union, we used our power, but we used it to support families and communities who were vehemently opposed to a charter school expansion and model that they knew was detrimental to public schools.”
Controversy derails New Bedford charter school expansion plan
The Massachusetts Teachers Association, parents, and local activists last month sued in Bristol Superior Court, arguing the expansion deal violates the state Constitution, which restricts public money from going to entities that are not publicly owned and operated.
Ricardo Rosa, co-chair of the New Bedford Coalition to Save Our Schools, which also joined the MTA in the lawsuit against the plan, said the proposed was “based on coercion, which is no way to implement education policy.”
This is a very dangerous proposal in the sense that it treats people as consumers rather than as citizens deserving all of the rights, information, and privileges of the common good. Automatically extracting a student from the public school that she or he is entitled to attend is antithetical to the values of the community.
The people of New Bedford said ‘No!’ to charters — did our leaders not hear us?
The bottom line is that our leaders should not have agreed to the expansion. They are forcing the community, against their wishes, to accept and pay for a privately run charter which will siphon money from our already grossly underfunded public schools.