Thursday, May 22, 2014

I see the spin is "will not impact Worcester"

Here's how H4091 will.

It does impact the Worcester Public Schools in a number of ways: 
1. Those Level 3 schools that the Commissioner can designate as "challenge" schools, thus requiring an expensive (unfunded), time-consuming, and disruptive process that could require teachers to reapply for their jobs--that will hit Worcester. And having a school designated as "challenge" will absolutely scare away parents.
2. Any increase in the charter cap lowers the amount of reimbursement that every system in the state gets for its schools, including Worcester, currently at 63% of reimbursement. 
3. The lowest ten percent, yes, currently does not include Worcester. However, given that the system that decides which schools are is anything but scientific, it could be.  

And that's just off the top of my head. 

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