Massachusetts Initiative to Expand Charter School Options (2010)

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The Massachusetts Initiative to Expand Charter School Options did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of Massachusetts as an indirect initiated state statute. According to the Massachusetts Elections Division, the measure will not go forward with collecting the additional signatures needed to make it to the ballot.[1]

The measure would have removed limits on number of charter schools, their funding, and enrollment. Other changes would have been made in laws that governed charter schools, including requiring approval of qualified applications for charter schools to be in districts where there was low student performance.

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The initiative cleared the signature gathering hurdle on November 18, 2009, gathering and submitting the required 66,593 voter signatures. Signatures were submitted to all local city and town clerks in the state. Once certified, signatures were sent to the secretary of state's office by December 2, 2009. The initiative was then reviewed by the Massachusetts Legislature. The Massachusetts Legislature did not approve of the initiative by the May 4, 2010 deadline. Petition organizers must have obtained signatures from about 1/2 of 1% of voters who voted in the last governor election and must have submitted them before or on July 7, 2010. But after the review of the Legislature, the Massachusetts Elections Division stated that the measure would not go forward with collecting the additional signatures.[2][3]

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