Massachusetts business leaders have written letters to both Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and President of the Senate Stanley Rosenberg commending their commitment to taking up charter school legislation, and urging an expansion of charters to meet the high demand among Massachusetts' youth. "With a 20-year record of success... [charters] are a highly effective solution to one of America's deepest and most persistent challenges: the achievement gap between wealthy and economically challenged students..." the letters state. In addition, their plea calls for charter legislation that is demand driven, acutely responding to the desires parents and students have for more choice among schooling opportunities, and keeps the unique fiscal and managerial aspects of charters in tact. They cite Governor Baker's charter bill filed in October as a high quality example from which future legislation should draw inspiration. MassFiscal commends the business community's support of innovative education policy that improves the well-being of students while also keeping the commonwealth's finances in order. We continue to be supporters of increased access to charter schools in Massachusetts. To view the letter to the house, click here. To view the letter to the senate, click here. To view Governor Baker's charter legislation click here.read more(Boston) - "Fiscal sanity is as rare on Beacon Hill as that white giraffe spotted in Africa yesterday," Paul Craney said today, urging the members of his advocacy group, the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, to celebrate as Governor Charlie Baker presents his budget proposal this afternoon. "Governor Baker, unlike his predecessor, won't stick his head in the sand and ignore the damage a bloated budget causes our economy. We look forward to watching him make tough short-term choices that ensure the Commonwealth's long-term health." Baker's budget is expected to contain lots of level funding and belt tightening as he plots a path which will close the gap between revenues and expenditures. The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance advocates for fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability in state government and increased economic opportunity for the people of our Commonwealth.read more
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