Imagine that your community put a limit on the number of sports teams and activity clubs available to your children. There would be only one theater troupe, one gymnastics team, two basketball clubs, and two soccer squads. If you missed out on one of these select few spots, your child would no longer have the ability to learn, practice, and perfect his passion for Shakespeare or her half-court shot. Families in Massachusetts are facing this same predicament, except their educational options hang in the balance.
At stake is the expansion of the charter school system in Massachusetts, one of the most successful networks in the United States.
There are about 30,000 students on charter school wait lists who may never sit in a classroom that could meet their learning needs because of a ballot initiative that could maintain the cap on the number of charter schools available to students. As parents, you know what your children need from a school environment in order to succeed, and you know it is wrong to limit access to schools that might work for them. Our children thrive when we provide more opportunities for them to explore on stage, on the field, and in the classroom.