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Springfield City Council To Vote On Resolution Opposing Charter School Ballot Question

City Hall in Springfield, Ma

The Springfield City Council is expected to vote Monday on a resolution to oppose a state ballot question allowing for more charter schools in Massachusetts.

The resolution urges people to vote “ no” this November on Question 2, which if approved would lift a cap on charter schools allowing up to 12 more per year in Massachusetts. 

Tim Collins, president of the teachers’ union in Springfield said more charter schools would not be a good thing.

" And they are not public schools. They are publicly funded privately run schools. There is no local influence on how they run and no local oversight," said Collins.

The Northampton City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing Question 2.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.