Charter School Study

The materials for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts charter school study follow. They include information on how charter schools work and how they are funded, as well as the consensus questions to be considered by each local League.

These materials have been prepared to assist League members in learning about charter schools so they will be able to discuss the questions and come to a consensus on those questions. The League of Women Voters develops positions on issues by conducting a study such as this and by having its members convey their opinions on the issues by holding consensus meetings. Until this process is completed, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has no position on charter schools.

Please note that this study and these materials are not related to the November 8 ballot question on charter schools in any way. The League has taken no stand on that ballot question precisely because we do not have a position on charter schools.  These materials are for information only, and do not represent LWVMA’s opinion or stand on any of the issues included.

We urge all of our members to read these materials, and to work with their local Leagues to hold consensus meetings to discuss the issues.

The Consensus Questions Response form is due back to LWVMA by February 1, 2017.

Date Action
October 1, 2016 Consensus study materials available
February 1, 2017 Consensus Questions Response form due
Convention 2017 Vote on charter school position

Consensus Study Materials

Introduction (2 pages)
Fundamentals (22 pages)
Funding (10 pages)
Questions (11 pages)
Response form (8 pages)
Glossary (2 pages)
Additional Reading (1 page)

Charter School Study Tools

Introduction to the LWVMA Study on Charter Schools

LWV Needham Background on Charter Schools Consolidated

Local League Consensus Meeting Calendar

League Date and Time Location Contact
Newton Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 8:15 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. A private home in Newton Pia Bertelli
Cape Cod Area Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Harwich Community Center, Oak Street, Harwich Scotti Finnegan
Acton Area Information Meeting Thursday, Jan. 5 at 7:00 p.m. Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street, Acton, Sahana Purohit and Ann Chang
Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Westwood Library Marcia Hirshberg
Brookline Sunday, Jan. 8 from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. 1501 Beacon Street, Brookline. 1st floor function room Betsy Munzer and Sandy Ostroy
Winchester Sunday, Jan. 8 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. (Snow date Jan. 22) Sanborn House, 15 High St., Winchester Patty Shepard
More information can be found on the LWV Winchester website.
Arlington Sunday, Jan. 8 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Sanborn House 15 High St, Winchester. Carolyn Parsons
Amherst Wednesday, January 11 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Applewood Retirement Community Kathy Campbell
Amherst Thursday, January 12 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Bangs Center Kathy Campbell
Acton Area Consensus Meeting Thursday, Jan 12 at 7:00 p.m. Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street, Acton Sahana Purohit and Ann Chang
Greater Haverhill Saturday, Jan. 14 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Roma Restaurant, Haverhill Jean Sanders and Lois Hartman
Hamilton-Wenham Morning Meeting:
Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 11 am until 1 pm
Hamilton-Wenham Library, 14 Union St, Hamilton Carol Bullivant
Hamilton-Wenham Evening Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 7 pm until 9 pm A private home in Wenham Carol Bullivant
Boston Thursday, January 19 from 6:15 p.m. until 8 p.m.

(snow date Jan. 31)

Curtis Hall Municipal Building, South Street, Jamaica Plain Kerry Costello
Plymouth Area Thursday, January 19th 7:00 p.m.
(Snow date Thursday, Jan. 26. Same time and place)
A private home in Plymouth Alice Lague
Westford Sunday, January 22 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Card Room, Cameron Senior Center, 20 Pleasant Street, Westford Laura Dickey
Marblehead Monday, Jan 30, from 9:30 am until 11:30 am A private home in Marblehead Kathy Leonardson
Needham Monday, Jan. 30, 7:00 p.m. North Hill, Needham Carol Patey




22 Attendees at the LWV Northampton Charter School Consensus Study Meeting!