BOSTON (CBS) – Perhaps the most intensely debated ballot question here in Massachusetts, Question 2 proposes that the state lift the cap on charter schools, potentially allowing up to twelve additional charter schools to open each year. Proponents say this will offer parents more choice and allow students to escape struggling traditional schools. Critics say that more charter schools will take resources away from traditional public schools that are already operating on a tight budget. Some also worry that there is little to no oversight on charter schools, no financial transparency, and concerns over the types of students being admitted. Former Massachusetts Representative Marty Walz and American Federation of Teachers President Tom Gosnell join Dan in the NightSide studio to discuss the pros and cons of charter schools and the merits of Question 2.
Originally broadcast September 29th, 2016.