Ludlow Committee says “NO!” to expanding charter schools

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LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – The Ludlow School Committee opposes Governor Charlie Baker’s push to expand charter schools. They want to keep the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state.

All members of the committee signed a letter to their state Senator and Representative. It says Ludlow taxpayers currently spend over $300,000 on charter schools to educate only 19 students. They maintain that charter schools have become private school systems funded by the state.

Some parents feel having the option is worth it. Nathan Matthews of Chicopee said, “It should be up to the parent’s discretion to choose whether or not they go to a charter school or not. Whatever is going to benefit the children’s education, I truly support.”

The Ludlow School Committee called for the legislature to reject any proposals to raise the cap on charter schools.

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