BOSTON, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston native and political activist Jack E. Robinson is supporting the ballot question to raise the cap on charter schools in a big way, by launching a statewide radio campaign asking people to vote YES on Question 2.
Robinson, who grew up in the Roxbury section of Boston during the 1960s, retells how he was "stuck" in inferior schools due to discriminatory practices by the Boston School Committee.
He further explains that, to fight this injustice, Robinson's father filed the school desegregation lawsuit that resulted in busing. Robinson entered high school during that fateful year of 1974.
Robinson states that "had there been charter schools in Massachusetts [in 1974], busing could have been avoided."
Today, almost 34,000 children of low income and urban families are stuck on waiting lists to attend charter schools because of an outdated enrollment cap. Voting YES on 2 will solve this problem by increasing charter schools in 9 urban communities, but having no impact on suburban school budgets.
Because only 4% of Massachusetts students attend charter schools and charter schools receive only 4% of public education funding, Robinson warns people not to "be fooled by scare tactics that public charter schools hurt regular public schools – they don't!" and he goes on to say that "school choice creates competition, and competition is good."
Robinson's most recent project, Fair Districts Mass, is credited with creating voting districts during the last redistricting in 2012 to address under-representation of minority voters within Massachusetts congressional and legislative districts.
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