BOSTON — Following the vote taken today by the Boston City Council, Democrats for Education Reform, a group supporting Question 2 - which would allow more high-quality charter schools to operate in Massachusetts - released the following statement:
"Today's city council vote reminds us that we must do more to separate fact from fiction in the public charter school debate," said Marty Walz, Chair of the Democrats for Education Reform Massachusetts Advisory Council. "As a former state legislator and chair of the education committee, I understand the complexities that confront elected officials. As a Boston resident, I am saddened to see City Councilors turn their backs on children desperate for a better education. Because of the bold action taken by President Obama and former Governor Patrick, families in Boston and beyond have more high-quality school options than ever before. We should not block progress just as thousands of families are asking for access to these opportunities."
"We applaud Councilors Josh Zakim and Andrea Campbell for standing up to give families and voters a voice," said Liam Kerr, Democrats for Education Reform State Director. "Strong Democratic leaders and the majority of Democratic voters support expanding high-quality public charter schools because the results for kids are proven.”
Currently, 10,000 students are on wait lists for public charter schools in Boston.
Democrats for Education Reform is a political reform organization that cultivates and supports leaders in our party who champion America’s public schoolchildren.