WASHINGTON – PublicSchoolOptions.org president Tillie Elvrum made the following statement on the defeat of Question 2, the Massachusetts Authorization of Additional Charter Schools and Charter School Expansion Initiative.
Question 2 would allow for the approval of up to 12 new charter schools or increase enrollment in the state’s current charter schools. By lifting the cap on these schools, parents would be empowered with more options for their children. And students, struggling in the neighborhood schools they’re zoned to, would be given another option for their education.
Over 30,000 Massachusetts students currently sit on public charter school waiting lists.
STATEMENT FROM TILLIE ELVRUM, PUBLICSCHOOLOPTIONS.ORG PRESIDENT, PARENT LEADER AND SCHOOL CHOICE ADVOCATE:
“Tonight’s decision, led by the efforts of the teacher’s union and special interests, is a devastating blow to parent choice and strips away hope for students stuck in failing schools who simply want another public school option.
“The powers set on preserving the educational status quo are strong. But parents are the ones who need to be trusted to choose the educational option that works best for their individual child.
“Tonight’s results must serve as a wake up call for parents and school choice advocates across the country. The unions will continue to fight for the status quo, locking kids in schools that aren’t meeting their needs. But we will be ready to mobilize in state houses across the country to advocate for our children’s education because we know them best.”