MA Receives $12.5 Million from Feds to Expand Charters– Before Public Votes on the Issue

deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog

On November 08, 2016, voters in Massachusetts will decide whether or not to lift the state’s charter cap. To date, almost $20 million has been spent on this ballot item, called Question 2, with most of the money being in support of lifting the cap– and coming from out of state individuals and organizations.

Arkansas billionaire siblings Alice and Jim Walton have put almost $2 million into promoting MA’s Question 2, and New York-based Families for Excellent Schools has spent almost $7 million.

We can add to that the influence of the US Department of Education (USDOE), which announced on September 28, 2016, that it will be sending $12.5 million to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA-DESE) for the purpose of allowing Massachusetts “to run its own grant competition for charter school operators to support… new and expanded public charter schools.”

Presumably, MA-DESE applied to USDOE for…

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