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Tuesday, October 06, 2015


As part of a week long “Week of Action” campaign, the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) has released figures for each public school district in the state and what they will pay towards charter schools in Chapter 70 aid reimbursements.

As GoLocalWorcester reported in June, Worcester’s public school district will pay more than $22 million in local charter school tuition payments over the course of the next fiscal year.

According to the MTA, Worcester and the state’s other public school districts will pay a total of $419 million (the amount of Chapter 70 aid from public school districts to charter schools, minus the total amount reimbursed to public schools).

“I believe that public education is to provide the best education as possible in the schools and encourage parents to have the Worcester Public Schools as their school of choice. Charter schools receive public money based on the number of students they enroll and  it is a drain on public education, without a doubt,” said School Committee member and GoLocalWorcester MINDSETTER™ John Monfredo told GoLocal. “They use public funds without public oversight (elected school committee) and because of state control, local communities are denied the ability to reject them.”

During Monday’s “Public Funds for Public School” campaign, the MTA released an interactive map (see here) and delivered stickers around the state that read “Public Funds for Public Schools #KeeptheCap.”

In FY2016, the state in turn will reimburse the public schools districts $76 million in aid.

Since FY2007, the payment of the school districts in the Commonwealth has risen from $206 million to $419 million. The average annual charter school tuition has gone up from $10,486 to more than $13,000 over that same period.

Here is the full schedule of the MTA campaign:

Tuesday, Oct. 6: Public Control of Public Schools

Wednesday, Oct. 7: Public Schools Serve All Students.

Thursday, Oct. 8: Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

Friday, Oct. 9: Schools our Communities Deserve.


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