Sen. Eldridge Raises Questions Over Charter School Campaign Funding

Check out this story from the Lowell Sun on a letter Sen. Jamie Eldridge sent to Education Secretary James Peyser and Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester, asking them to look into whether the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association used public money to donate $100,000 to the Question 2 campaign:

“Unlike other political donors, the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association receives substantial funding from public education dollars. According to Eldridge’s letter, in fiscal year 2015 the association collected $806,581 from member charter schools’ dues and $130,019 in government grants. The organization had $2.1 million in total revenue that year, Eldridge wrote, concluding the association receives ‘nearly half of its funding from public sources.’ Eldridge highlighted another $150,000 donation from the association’s Voter Education Fund, which the senator referred to as the group’s ‘advocacy arm,’ to the same ballot question committee.”

Read more here.