On Beacon Hill: DeLeo backs charter schools, Rosenberg’s fired up for legal pot, but what do voters think?

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From State House News Service


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Senate President Stanley M. Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo

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Senate President Stanley M. Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo


DeLeo: Charter schools expansion ‘best for students’

The ballot question seeking to expand access to charter schools gained a potentially powerful backer last week in House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who has long expressed sympathy with students and families waiting for openings in charter schools.

In an appearance on WCVB’s “On The Record” set to air today [Oct. 23], the Winthrop Democrat said, “I decided to do what I feel is best for students, whatever the political ramifications may be. I think, again, it’s the right thing to do.”

Question 2 would allow for up to 12 additional charter schools regardless of existing statutory caps.

WCVB released a clip of the interview Thursday, Oct. 20, and the Yes on 2 campaign quickly circulated a link to the clip with a campaign spokeswoman saying they were honored to have DeLeo as part of their “bipartisan coalition.” A source close to DeLeo confirmed he plans to vote for Question 2.

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