There are a few ballot questions voters will consider this November. This week we go behind the headlines on Question 2. Question 2 would lift the cap on charter schools, allowing the Massachusetts State Board of Education to approve new charter schools and increase enrollment at existing charter schools. Proponents say a “Yes” on 2 will give parents, especially those in low performing districts and inner cities, more choices. They also say charter schools typically outperform the public schools. Opponents say charter schools drain money from the public school system.
Tonight, we start with those in favor of Question 2: Rachel Romano, former public school teacher and current executive director of Veritas Prep Charter School in Springfield, and charter school parent Yamil Maldonado.