As U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan drops by Boston to bolster Gov. Deval Patrick's proposal to lift the charter school cap in underperforming school districts, The Economist -- the news magazine that people on the train like to use to cover their copy of the latest Us Weekly -- looks at the charter school situation in Massachusetts, and weighs in on Mayor Thomas Menino 's plan:
After years of dancing around the issue, Tom Menino, Bostonâ€™s long-serving mayor, submitted legislation on July 7th that would convert his cityâ€™s worst performing schools into charters. Failing this, he will push for the state to raise the cap on charters. A study by the Boston Foundation shows that charter schools do much better than other Boston public schools.
Mr Menino is facing strong challengers in his latest re-election bid. The cynical wonder if he is merely emulating his rivalsâ€™ support for charter schools. Still, it seems at last Boston and Massachusetts may be on the verge of embracing them. The stateâ€™s constitution demands that the state â€œcherishâ€ its public schools. It is time the state began to cherish charters too.
Menino's plan will be heard next week  by the Legislature's Joint Committee on Education.
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