Voters reject charter school expansion in Massachusetts

Boston, MA - 11/08/2016 - Anti-charter school activists celebrate tonight's results at a joint gathering at the State Democratic Party Election Night party at Fairmount Copley Plaza. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Metro, Reporter: David Scharfenberg, Topic: 09charter, LOID: 8.3.563314803
Anti-charter school activists celebrate the result at Fairmount Copley Plaza. —Barry Chin / The Boston Globe

Voters have rejected a ballot measure that would have expanded the number of charter schools in Massachusetts by up to a dozen a year.

Proponents had expressed disappointment earlier Tuesday evening.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker had campaigned for the referendum. Baker says in a statement that he’s proud of those who fought to create more charter schools in the state ‘‘to provide more education choices for students stuck in struggling districts.’’

Opponents had argued that the measure would have drained resources away from traditional public schools.