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Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh disagree on charter school plans

Mayor Martin J. Walsh thinks Governor Charlie Baker’s proposal to expand charter schools across the state is dangerous.

Governor Charlie Baker wants to expand charter schools across the state. Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

Governor Charlie Baker wants to expand charter schools across the state, an idea that Mayor Martin J. Walsh thinks is dangerous, The Boston Globereports.

Baker’s proposal includes plans for 12 new or expanded charter schools each year in districts that fall in the bottom 25 percent on standardized tests, which includes Boston, New Bedford, Salem, Holyoke, and Lawrence.

Walsh worries charter school numbers would grow too quickly, the schools would be established without adequate preparation, and would deplete district budgets.

“It can set up charter schools for failure … if they don’t have the proper boards and facilities,’’ Walsh told reporters at the State House, where Baker testified before the Legislature’s education committee Tuesday.

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Baker said the expansion would give hope to thousands of families.

Read the full story in the Globe.

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