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Funds have long followed students from Brockton to charter schools

Nov 6 2016

By Marc Larocque, The Enterprise

Slowey cited a study published recently by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. He said that since 2010, even as charter enrollment has increased, Brockton school spending has risen by 30 percent. Slowey said the Brockton school district now has more money to spend on each student – $11,630 in 2015 versus $10,094 per pupil in 2010.
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Question 2: Who pays the costs?

Nov 5 2016

By Megan Moore, Charles Lyang and Alice Shen, The Lowell Sun

A study published by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says charter schools aren't draining money from district schools. The report, funded by The Boston Foundation, offers a macro view of the issue, noting that charter school students represent about 4 percent of the total state student population while accounting for about the same percentage in total statewide education spending.
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Charter-school measures a hot topic on Massachusetts’ ballot

Nov 5 2016

By Katharine Q. Seelye and Jess Bidgood, The Seattle Times / The New York Times

But supporters of expanding charter schools say the argument that they drain money from public schools is alarmist and misleading. The yes side points to a study by the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation — the Boston Foundation, which supports charters, financed the study — which concluded that charters do not take more money than their fair share, since financing follows children when they switch schools. This year, the study reported, 3.9 percent of the state’s students attend charter schools, which are receiving 3.9 percent of education money.
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Moody’s won’t elaborate on charter school caveat

Nov 3 2016

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

A recent Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation study found that “per-student funding has increased quite steadily across the state” in traditional public schools, even as the charter sector has grown. Another study, from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, a fiscal watchdog, showed the City of Boston has diverted money from other departments to the Boston Public Schools to make up for the education aid lost to charters.
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Moody's: Charter school vote may weaken Lawrence's credit

Nov 3 2016

By Bob Salsberg, AP / The Lawrence Eagle Tribune

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan fiscal research organization, recently reported that 3.9 percent of total education funding goes to charter schools, directly proportional to the 3.9 percent of public school students who attend charters.
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Charter school vote may hurt ratings, credit agency says

Nov 2 2016

By Frank Phillips and David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

Eileen O’Connor, a spokeswoman for the pro-charter “Yes on 2” campaign, said it would be irresponsible to comment on the Moody’s analysis before it was released. But she pointed to studies by the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, among others, showing that “public charter schools have had zero negative impact on district school finances.” She noted that these studies, unlike the forthcoming Moody’s analysis, can be “downloaded and viewed in their entirety.”
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Editorial: Don’t blame charter schools

Nov 1 2016

The Recorder

However, according to a new study by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, that is not the case, as reported in the Sept. 30 Boston Globe. “Charter schools,” the report states, “like regional vocational schools and School Choice, are one of a number of public school options available to students within the state’s $12.67 billion school finance system.”
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Charters add value, save money for Lowell

Oct 31 2016

By Kathleen McCarthy, The Lowell Sun

Among other things, they claim charters siphon money from public education, forcing the district to operate at a deficit. The truth is, however, that charter schools do no such thing, a fact that has been shown in countless reports and studies, the most recent of which is the September Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report.
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HINGHAM COMMENTARY: Public charter schools worthy of our support

Oct 26 2016

By Edna English, Wicked Local Hingham

But Charters do not drain public funding from traditional schools. Public charter schools represent just under 4 percent of the statewide student population, and 4 percent of state education funding follows them. Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has assessed Question #2 as fiscally benign.
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Editorial: Yes on Question 2

Oct 24 2016

The Boston Herald

Of the nearly $12.7 billion spent on public education in Massachusetts just under 4 percent goes to charters, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation reported recently. That lines up with statewide enrollment in charter schools, which is just under 4 percent.
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