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Political Notebook, August 9, 2018


Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Comerford knocks charter school expansion plan

Jo Comerford, candidate for State Senate in the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester district, has come out against the most recent request by the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School to expand enrollment:

“I am extremely dismayed that the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School is once again seeking permission to expand its enrollment. This recent expansion request could not come at a worse time.” she said in a statement “Just last week, negotiations to fix the flawed education funding formula that plagues municipalities across the state — and especially in our district — fell through, leaving our public schools dramatically underfunded and in continued jeopardy.

“We simply cannot afford an increased charter school budget drain.

“Additionally, I have long been aware of very concerning allegations regarding charter schools’ failure to serve all of our children, particularly students with special needs. In fact, just a handful of months ago, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education denied an expansion request for Chinese Immersion noting the difference between student bodies and higher attrition rates for students with disabilities.

“My commitment to public education propels me in my candidacy for State Senate. Public education is the bedrock of our democracy. I learned that from my father who was a public school teacher and I continue to see that as my children work their way through public school where I’ve served on the PTO leadership team and as an active volunteer. If elected, I’ll champion excellent public education — pre-Kindergarten to public higher education — by advocating for more funding, not less for our schools.”

Gonzalez campaigning in Erving

ERVING — Jay Gonzalez, Democratic candidate for governor, will be at the French King Restaurant, 129 French King Highway in Erving Sunday, Aug. 12, at noon to meet with citizens and engage on their issues and ideas.

Gonzalez joined the administration of Gov. Deval Patrick in 2007 and served as the governor’s secretary of Administration and Finance during the great recession. He also served as chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Health Connector, where he oversaw implementation of Massachusetts’ health care reform, and he co-chaired the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

For more information about Gonzalez and his campaign visit jay4ma.com. The primary election will be held Tuesday, Sept. 4.