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In Bid to Lift Mass. Charter Cap, Pitched Battle Rages

A simple yes-or-no question being put to Massachusetts voters next month—whether a cap on the number of charter schools allowed to open in the state should be lifted—has turned into a national political battle between charter advocates and those who oppose the publicly funded but independently run schools.

Over $33 million from both the national teachers’ unions and out-of-state charter-advocacy groups and individual donors has come pouring into Massachusetts. Both sides have launched expansive campaigns to lobby potential voters door to door to vote their way on the ballot measure, known as Question 2.

How Massachusetts voters come down on the ballot measure could signal future odds for the expansion of charter schools nationally, one education expert said.