The College Democrats of Massachusetts officially endorses NO on ballot question number 2, which would create twelve additional charter schools per year in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Although we strongly support parent choice and acknowledge some of the positive results of charter schools, especially in Massachusetts, twelve additional charter schools a year would continue to create a separate and unequal education system while draining critical funds and resources from public neighborhood schools. Already, over 230 communities across the state of Massachusetts lost $400 million to charter schools last year. While we understand the frustrations with the current public education system, and have lots of work to do to make all public schools in Massachusetts the best they can be, we must not resort to quick, band-aid solutions that will exacerbate the problem and promote a two-tier system. We have seen stories of tremendously successful public schools and their ability to reform, improve and elevate the level and quality of education and we must continue to advocate for the improvement of all public schools, not just a small percentage of charter schools. An equitable education system is one in which all students receive a quality education, whether they attend a public school, or a charter school and therefore encourage communication between education systems in order to create maximum opportunity for all students, not just some.
Finally, we cannot support a ballot initiative that has been funded by private corporate interests, especially private interests like the Walton family and organizations that aren’t obligated to disclose their donors, like Strong Economy for Growth and Education Reform Now Advocacy. If Question 2 is passed, neighborhood schools will be left with less money and resources which will have an adverse effect on our state's public education system. For those reasons, CDM encourages you to vote NO on Question 2.