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[Question 2] “...does not provide for the sustainable charter school growth that its proponents seek. Instead, it would wreak havoc on municipal finances, undermining our ability to support either new or existing schools in Boston.”

— Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston

IF QUESTION 2 PASSES, 45 BOSTON SCHOOLS COULD CLOSE. Is your child’s school at risk of closing?

Charter schools, serving only 8,200 of Boston’s students, already drain $135 million a year from Boston Public Schools. According to the NAACP, charter schools are creating a ‘separate and unequal’ education system. If this disastrous ballot question passes, it would nearly triple the number of charter schools in just 10 years. What would that mean for the 57,000 students who still attend Boston Public Schools? Boston’s Mayor, City Council, and School Committee all agree, Question 2 is bad for our schools. Vote NO on Question 2 for the 57,000 children in Boston Public Schools.

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Statewide charter schools will siphon off more than

$450 MILLION from Massachusetts Public Schools this year.

Question 2 would allow the state to approve 12 new charter schools every year, forever. Eventually draining billions more from our schools. It would allow charters to expand into cities and towns where they don’t exist now, taking critical resources away from successful public schools.

Question 2 is bad for our schools. SaveOurPublicSchoolsMA.com

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Who’s Writing the Checks for Question 2?

Question 2 is bad for our schools. If passed, it would allow the state to approve 12 new Commonwealth charter schools ever year forever, draining billions of dollars from our schools. It would encourage charters to expand into cities and towns where they don’t exist now, taking critical resources from successful public schools.

Meet some of the real estate investors, hedge fund money movers, and out-of-state billionaires who want to strip money from our public schools.

Paul Sagan chairs the Massachusetts Board of

Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), which approves and oversees charter schools. He gave $100,000 to the campaign to lift the cap on charter schools. If Question 2 passes, Sagan would be controlling billions of dollars in state and local education funds.

This is a BLATANT power grab. Great Schools for Massachusetts’ is run by real estate investor Christopher W. Collins, Families for Excellent Schools employee Naomi Roth-Gaudette, and the codirector of operations for the Brooke Charter School network.

They are NOT required to disclose their funders. Families for Excellent Schools Advocacy

a New York lobbying group chaired by New York Hedge Fund Managers Paul Appelbaum and Bryan Lawrence In 2014 they opened up a Massachusetts Office with contributions from local billionaires.

Strong Economy for Growth was founded in 2013

by Republican Ernesto DiGiambattista, chief executive of Cybric. Strong Economy for Growth, gave $165,000 to Scott Brown in 2014 when he ran for Senate in New Hampshire.

They are NOT required to disclose their funders. Education Reform Now Advocacy is an arm of

Education Reform Now, a national organization that promotes charter schools. The owner of FOX news has donated over $1 million to Education Reform Now, a wing of Democrats for Education Reform. Democrats for Education Reform is funded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch and The Walton Family Foudation. The Walton Family owns half of Walmart.

They are NOT required to disclose their funders.

They are NOT required to disclose their funders.

Don’t be fooled by hedge fund money,

Question 2 is BAD for our schools.


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