Charter Schools

Boston Hits Cap on Charter Schools, Prompting Rules Reconsideration

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BOSTON—As Boston opened its last allowable charter school Monday and other communities bump up against limits, state lawmakers could be willing to lift the cap in some districts, a top lawmaker who steers education policy said Thursday.

Advocates hoping to lift all charter-school limits statewide are unlikely to see that happen, but a more modest lift could be in the works, Rep. Alice Peisch, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Education, told the News Service.

"I think there are underperforming districts that have reached the cap, Boston and Holyoke, that kind of change I think is more likely than a total cap lift. Some modest change is possible," Peisch said. "I don't want to say we are definitely going to do it."