Majority of State Legislature Voting No on Question 2

A majority of the state legislature opposes Question 2, the ballot question that would allow unlimited charter school expansion anywhere in the state, take millions of dollars away from successful local district public schools, and cause the elimination of music and art programs, increased class sizes, and other damaging cuts in the schools that most families choose.

“Many legislators have roots in local government, as school committee members, city councilors, and selectmen. They understand firsthand the harm Question 2 would do to our local school districts and the students in our local public schools,” said Juan Cofield, president of the New England Area Conference of the NAACP and chair of the Campaign to Save Our Public Schools. “We’re grateful for the support of so many elected officials, including supporters and opponents of charter schools, in our campaign to protect local schools from the billions of dollars in cuts that this irresponsible ballot question would cause.”

The legislators join a growing list of organizations who oppose Question 2, including the Massachusetts PTA, the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals’ Association, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the NAACP New England Area Conference, Progressive Massachusetts, Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts, and city councils, school committees, and boards of selectmen representing more than 215 communities across the state.

Not a single school committee or city council has voted to support Question 2.

Charter schools are privately run schools that operate with taxpayer funding. Every time a new charter school opens, it takes money away from the public schools in that school district. This year, according to state data, 231 local school districts will lose a projected $451,338,729 to charter schools, even after state reimbursements.1 That’s why more than 190 school committees across the state have voted to oppose Question 2.2

A statewide commission recently reported that public schools in Massachusetts are already underfunded by more than $1 billion, even before Question 2.3 If passed, Question 2 would allow the state to approve 12 new charters schools a year, every year, forever, with no limit on how much money a single school district could lose. This would nearly triple the number of charter schools in just 10 years and take away an additional $1 billion each year from our local public schools. After 20 years, local public school districts would be losing nearly $4 billion a year to charter schools.4

Local communities and their school committees have no say in the approval or operation of charter schools. The state approves charter schools even when the communities where they will be located are opposed to them. This has happened in Brockton, Gloucester and many other communities.

1. Many Massachusetts cities and towns are represented by regional school committees that oversee schools in multiple communities.
Full list of the legislators opposing Question 2:

Title

First Name

Last Name

Senate President

Stanley

Rosenberg

Senator

Joseph

Boncore

Senator

Mike

Brady

Senator

William

Brownsberger

Senator

Harriette L.

Chandler

Senator

Cynthia Stone

Creem

Senator

Sal N.

DiDomenico

Senator

Kenneth J.

Donnelly

Senator

Eileen

Donoghue

Senator

Linda

Dorcena Forry

Senator

James B.

Eldridge

Senator

Jennifer L.

Flanagan

Senator

Anne

Gobi

Senator

Patricia D.

Jehlen

Senator

John

Keenan

Senator

Eric

Lesser

Senator

Jason

Lewis

Senator

Barbara

L’Italien

Senator

Thomas M.

McGee

Senator

Mark C.

Montigny

Senator

Michael O.

Moore

Senator

Kathleen

O’Connor Ives

Senator

Marc R.

Pacheco

Senator

Mike

Rush

Senator

Karen E.

Spilka

Senator

James E.

Timilty

Senator

James

Welch

Senator

Daniel

Wolf

Representative

James

Arciero

Representative

Brian

Ashe

Representative

Bruce

Ayers

Representative

Ruth

Balser

Representative

Christine

Barber

Representative

Jennifer

Benson

Representative

Tricia Farley

Bouvier

Representative

Paul

Brodeur

Representative

Antonio

Cabral

Representative

Daniel

Cahill

Representative

Tom

Calter

Representative

Linda Dean

Campbell

Representative

James

Cantwell

Representative

Gailanne

Cariddi

Representative

Gerard

Cassidy

Representative

Tackey

Chan

Representative

Ed

Coppinger

Representative

Brendan

Crighton

Representative

Claire

Cronin

Representative

Dan

Cullinane

Representative

Josh

Cutler

Representative

Mike

Day

Representative

Marjorie

Decker

Representative

Marcos

Devers

Representative

Diana

DiZoglio

Representative

Dan

Donahue

Representative

Shawn

Dooley

Representative

Michelle

DuBois

Representative

James

Dwyer

Representative

Lori

Ehrlich

Representative

Mike

Finn

Representative

Carole

Fiola

Representative

William

Galvin

Representative

Sean

Garballey

Representative

Colleen

Garry

Representative

Carmine

Gentile

Representative

Thomas

Golden

Representative

Ken

Gordon

Representative

Stephan

Hay

Representative

Jonathon

Hecht

Representative

Paul

Heroux

Representative

Dan

Hunt

Representative

Louis

Kafka

Representative

Mary

Keefe

Representative

Kay

Khan

Representative

Peter

Kocot

Representative

Robert

Koczera

Representative

Stephen

Kulik

Representative

John

Lawn

Representative

David

Linsky

Representative

John

Mahoney

Representative

Elizabeth

Malia

Representative

Paul

Mark

Representative

Joseph

McGonagle

Representative

Rady

Mom

Representative

Harold

Naughton

Representative

James

O’Day

Representative

Jerald

Parisella

Representative

Sarah

Peake

Representative

Smitty

Pignatelli

Representative

Denise

Provost

Representative

Angelo

Puppolo

Representative

David

Rogers

Representative

John

Rogers

Representative

Jeffrey

Roy

Representative

Daniel

Ryan

Representative

Tom

Sannicandro

Representative

John

Scibak

Representative

Frank

Smizik

Representative

Theodore

Speliotis

Representative

Tom

Stanley

Representative

Ellen

Story

Representative

Benjamin

Swan

Representative

Walter

Timilty

Representative

Timothy

Toomey

Representative

Paul

Tucker

Representative

Steven

Ultrino

Representative

Aaron

Vega

Representative

John

Velis

Representative

RoseLee

Vincent

Representative

Tom

Walsh

Representative

Timothy

Whelan

Representative

Donald

Wong

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