Fmr. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Calls for MA Voters to Pass Question 2
BOSTON – Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, speaking in Boston Wednesday night, called on Massachusetts voters to pass Question 2, the ballot question that seeks to raise the state-imposed cap on charter schools.
“I hope we’ll vote to give more kids here in Boston more options for a high-quality education,” Duncan said. His remarks come just days after President Obama’s current Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. called the arbitrary caps on charter schools “a mistake.”
Duncan made the remarks during the annual Education Party event in Boston.
“The choice can never be what’s easy, but rather what’s right,” Duncan said.
Democratic Congressman Stephen Lynch, who recently announced his support for Question 2, received the annual Educator Reformer of the Year award.
The Education Party is an annual event sponsored by Education Reform Now that celebrates elected leaders who have made meaningful contributions to advance sustained education reform work. Past speakers have included Gov. Howard Dean and Sen. Cory Booker.
The party comes as Massachusetts voters consider Question 2. Currently, more than 30,000 students across Massachusetts are on waiting lists for access to a public charter school.
Democratic leaders from Washington, DC to the State House have recently announced or reaffirmed their support for high-quality charter school expansion. President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton are ardent supporters of high-quality charter schools.
Locally, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo announced his endorsement for Question 2 this week. DeLeo joins other prominent Democrats in support, including Rep. Alice Peisch of Wellesley who serves as the co-chair of the Joint Committee on Education in the legislature and Juana Matias, Representative-elect of Lawrence. Matias will be the only elected Latina in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.