BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is unveiling legislation he says will let the state add up to a dozen new or expanded charter schools each year outside an existing cap on the schools.
Baker says the bill will focus the new growth in the lowest performing districts.READ MORE: Pfizer Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine More Than 90% Effective In Kids
The bill unveiled Thursday would also let the schools use a system that gives additional weight to high-need and low-income students, as well as students learning English and students with learning disabilities.
Baker, a long-time charter schools supporter, says the legislation will help give every child the opportunity to a high-quality education regardless of their zip code or background.READ MORE: Hopkinton High School First In State To Drop Mask Mandate
About 80 charter schools currently operate in Massachusetts.
Opponents say the proposal, which echoes the language of a proposed ballot question, would undermine public schools.MORE NEWS: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
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