Standing at Brooke Mattapan Charter School, Gov. Baker announced his "Act To Improve And Expand Educational Opportunity" Thursday. The bill would add 12 charter schools or expansions annually, outside the state's current cap of 120, with a focus on under-performing districts.
"This is Massachusetts, we're like the home and the founder of public education," said the governor in a news conference. "We should be able to make sure that every kid in Massachusetts gets the kind of education that they deserve."
- "The bill would permit 12 new or expanded charters per year across the state. It would also give school districts the authority to unify enrollment systems to include both charter and district schools, under a plan similar to the one unveiled last month by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh."
- "Currently, each charter school has its own lottery, and families can win spots in several and then choose. Under the system proposed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh last month, parents would apply for charter and district schools through a single application and be assigned to one school."
This segment aired on October 8, 2015.