”A Look at the Ballot Question on Lifting the Cap on Charter Schools”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” takes an in-depth look at the upcoming ballot Question 2, lifting the cap on Massachusetts Charter School in “A Look at the Ballot Question on Lifting the Cap on Charter Schools” The forum, the second of the 22nd season of “OPEN HOUSE,” will be held on Thursday, October 20th, from 7PM-8PM, at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

Joining Representative Kaufman to speak in support of Question 2 is pro-lifting the cap spokeswoman Marty Walz, senior advisor to Democrats for Educational Reform, one of the key advocacy groups behind the initiative to expand charter schools across the Commonwealth. Representing the opposing view is Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) President Barbara Madeloni. Attorney Marty Walz is a broad-based executive consultant specializing in providing strategic advice to a wide range of non-profit, corporate, and governmental entities. Previously, Ms. Walz was the Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, a $19 million organization serving 30,000 patients annually at seven health centers across the Commonwealth. Before that, she represented the 8th Suffolk District as a Massachusetts State Representative for eight years. Among her legislative achievements, she was the author of the 2010 education reform law that propelled Massachusetts into first place in the Obama administration’s 2010 Race to the Top grant competition. Barbara Madeloni was elected president of the MTA-the largest union in Massachusetts- in July, 2014, and was subsequently r-elected to a second term in May of 2016. She is currently on leave as a senior lecturer in the Labor Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Prior to teaching at UMass, Madeloni was an English teacher at Northampton High School from 2000 to 2004 and at Frontier Regional School in South Deerfield from 1998 to 2000.

What is the present state of education in Massachusetts? How does a “yes” vote on Question 2 trigger Charter School expansion? Will traditional public schools be negatively impacted by passage of Question 2? How do the advertising campaigns influence the average voter? With both sides making contradictory claims, who do I believe? Don’t miss this forum October 20th, from 7PM-8PM.As always; the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance at jay.kaufman@mahouse.gov, or tweet your questions to @repjaykaufman. 

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.