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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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Charter schools are not ‘draining’ district budgets

Oct 10 2016

By Charles Chieppo, CommonWealth Magazine

AS THIS NOVEMBER’S ballot initiative on raising the cap on the number of charter public schools in Massachusetts draws closer, opponents find ever-more financial woes to blame on the schools. But a September Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation study is just the latest to conclude that those accusations don’t pass muster. The MTF study finds that “Examination of school funding trends in districts affected by charter school enrollments does not suggest… that students in district schools are suffering a loss of support…”
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Editorial: Arithmetic on charters

Oct 2 2016

The Boston Herald

Now the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is out with a report that it politely says “clarifies misconceptions” about charter school funding. Of the nearly $12.7 billion spent on public education in Massachusetts, the report notes, 3.9 percent is directed to charter schools mirroring the 3.9 percent of public school students who are enrolled in charters.
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Editorial: Charters aren’t draining district school funding

Sep 30 2016

The Boston Globe

But a detailed new report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation shows that the anti-charter argument just doesn’t pass muster. Summarizing its deep dive into public school funding, the foundation, widely regarded as an even-handed fiscal analyst, writes: “Examination of school funding trends in districts affected by charter school enrollments does not suggest that charter schools are over-funded, that students in district schools are suffering a loss of support, or that the per-student funding of districts is trending negatively. Rather, per-student funding has increased quite steadily across the state, and the district-charter balance has been stable.”

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Report: Charters don't hurt district schools financially

Sep 29 2016

AP / Bristol Herald Courier

The study released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation appears to back up claims from supporters of a November ballot question that would allow a major expansion of charter schools. Proponents say passage of Question 2 would not financially harm conventional public schools as opponents have argued. The foundation's president, Eileen McAnneny, says the report found no evidence that charter school funding leads to a "systemic financial disadvantage" for district schools.
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Question 2 ‘misconception’

Sep 29 2016

By Kathleen McKiernan, The Boston Herald

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, taking aim at “misconceptions” about a controversial ballot measure, says charter schools are not siphoning dollars away from traditional public schools — challenging the pivotal argument of anti-charter foes and the teachers’ union.
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Charter school math

Sep 28 2016

CommonWealth Magazine

But a new study by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation could give pause to those opposed to lifting the cap on charter schools based on the argument it hits traditional school districts in the area it most hurts – the budget. According to the report, which was handed solely to the Boston Globe and was not available on the group’s website early Wednesday, the bottom line is simple and telling: 3.9 percent of the state’s public school students attend charters and charter schools account for 3.9 percent of state spending on education.
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Focusing On Per-Pupil Spending, Report Says Charters Don't Hurt District Schools

Sep 28 2016

By Louise Kennedy, WBUR

Eileen McAnenny, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says the group's report shows that charter schools get about 4 percent of the education budget, and serve about 4 percent of the students. "It is proportional," she said. "That's appropriate, because a cornerstone of the education reform law is that education funding should follow the student." McAnenny said that's confirmation that Massachusetts' charter school legislation is working as intended.
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Charters haven’t been a drain on traditional schools, watchdog group finds

Sep 28 2016

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

“While people can disagree, certainly, on the educational merits of charter schools, the data doesn’t show that charter schools have taken funding away from traditional public school districts in any way that’s disproportionate to the charter school attendance,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of Massachusetts Taxpayers.
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