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Mass. Lawmakers Seek Deal on Charter School Cap

By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — A proposed compromise bill to expand charter schools in Massachusetts is running into opposition from charter advocates.

The plan outlined on Monday by state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, a Boston Democrat, and other lawmakers would gradually raise the cap on charter schools in Boston and other low-performing urban school districts. But it would also require the state to fully reimburse school districts when students leave conventional public schools to attend charter schools.

Under the proposal, the cap would be frozen if state reimbursements fell short.

Critics of the proposed compromise say it would hold parents seeking to place their children into charter schools “hostage” to funding decisions by the Legislature.

Chang-Diaz is the Senate chair of the education committee, which faces a Tuesday deadline to act on the charter school bill.

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