An hour after Baker calls on Coakley to join him in asking state DoEd to reconsider charter school decision, Coakley does so. #magovThis is regarding the current complaint that where the charter schools wanted to expand isn't where the state says there's room, as we're measuring growth now. Growth measures what a child does over the course of a year, rather than what that child walks in with. It's a problematic measure, but it's a whole lot better than the annual "high income=high MCAS scores=no charter schools" dance.
— David S. Bernstein (@dbernstein) October 14, 2014
Both candidates for governor from major parties just affirmed that what we do in urban school systems doesn't actually matter.
UPDATE: The good news is that it appears that DESE is hanging in:
State ed officials decline calls by Baker, Coakley to reconsider charter school decisions. #mapoliUPDATE 2: Wow, this quote is even worse than I had imagined:
— State House News (@statehousenews) October 14, 2014
Coakley responded Tuesday morning with a statement doing just that: "Today's news that all new charter school proposals were rejected is disappointing, and I am calling on the Department of Education to reconsider the decision. Families and children in Brockton and Fitchburg deserved better. We shouldn't let a technicality get in the way of offering increased opportunities to our children in school districts across the state."There you have it: student growth is a "technicality."