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Mass. Charter School ‘No’ Vote: Fiercest Opponents Come From Communities With Charters

In Tuesday’s election Massachusetts voters sent a strong message on ballot Question 2 — rejecting a proposal that would have allowed the state to approve up to 12 new or expanded charter schools a year – despite strong support from Gov. Charlie Baker and significant advertising dollars behind a “Yes” vote.

Several school districts across the state with existing charters — including Somerville, Easthampton, Hadley, South Hadley, Greenfield, Holyoke and Adams/Cheshire — viewed the charter school expansion most negatively, rejecting the proposal by a 70-30 margin on average vs. the statewide 62-38 margin.