Massachusetts' school ballot fight 2nd costliest since 2000
BOSTON (AP) — The fight over the 2016 ballot question aimed at expanding charter schools in Massachusetts was the country's second costliest school choice-related initiative since 2000.
An Associated Press review of donations to school choice ballot questions found spending on the 2016 initiative topped $43 million. It would have let Massachusetts add up to a dozen new or expanded charter schools annually outside of existing caps.
Of the nine school choice-related ballot questions put before voters across the country since 2000, the Massachusetts spending was second to only a 2000 ballot question in California, which would have established school vouchers.
Spending on the California question neared $63 million. Both questions lost.
Charter schools supporters say despite the loss, there are still opportunities to open new charter schools in low-performing Massachusetts communities.