Charter Schools

Boston Hits Cap on Charter Schools, Prompting Rules Reconsideration

Lots of people want out of the public system


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."