In high-income towns such as Winchester, Concord and Carlisle, 80 percent to 90 percent of third-graders score proficient on the MCAS reading test. In Cambridge, only 65 percent of all students score proficient.
Whether – and if so, how – the charter school cap needs to be lifted should be decided via the legislative process, not a referendum. A no vote on Question 2 will send this question back to the State House.
Cambridge already has better achievement outcomes for low-income students than most cities in Massachusetts and the U.S., but we’re nowhere near closing the gap that remains.
A K-5 world language program doesn’t have to be perfect next fall – we can “build the plane while we’re flying it” – but let’s get it started next September in all grades and all schools and make sure it keeps getting funded no matter what.