OA research in the news: Mass voters say no to charter school increase

Vote yes, vote no on 2 signsOne of the most contentious issues facing Massachusetts voters on November 8 was in ballot question 2: whether to approve an annual increase of the number of charter schools in the state. Money raised by both sides was more than the amount raised for any ballot question in Massachusetts history, according to the New York Times.

“If the voters reject more urban charters here, then it’s not clear what more the charter movement can do to convince opponents and skeptics,” MIT economics professor Parag Pathak told the Times a few days before the election. Pathak has written extensively on education and charter schools.

The initiative did not pass: 62% voted against raising the cap.

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