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SHADES OF FDR Charter

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SHADES OF FDR Charter school proponents in MA may have found a way to beat the anti-charter opposition- pack the Board of Ed with charter school wannabes.

[S]peakers at yesterday’s standing-room-only meeting, including elected officials and parents, claimed that the vote was fixed because four of the five approved charter schools came from applicants in the yearlong charter-school fellowship of the Pioneer Institute, the Boston-based think tank that backs charter schools and other school choice options…

The state Ethics Commission has cleared two board members – chairman James A. Peyser, Pioneer’s former [Pioneer] executive director, and member Abigail M. Thernstrom, who sits on its academic advisory committee – to vote on charter schools after disclosing their ties. But the commission has requested more information about board member Charles D. Baker, who sits on Pioneer’s board of directors, before letting him vote. Baker was absent yesterday.

Smart politics.

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