Ballot Question 2: Charter Schools—Pro

There are a few ballot questions voters will consider this November. This week we go behind the headlines on Question 2. Question 2 would lift the cap on charter schools, allowing the Massachusetts State Board of Education to approve new charter schools and increase enrollment at existing charter schools. Proponents say a “Yes” on 2 will give parents, especially those in low performing districts and inner cities, more choices. They also say charter schools typically outperform the public schools.  Opponents say charter schools drain money from the public school system.

Tonight, we start with those in favor of Question 2: Rachel Romano, former public school teacher and current executive director of Veritas Prep Charter School in Springfield, and charter school parent Yamil Maldonado.

Liz Dineen on Domestic Violence Awareness

Elizabeth Dineen, new Executive Director of the YWCA of Western Massachusetts marks October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month discussing her organizations’ programs and efforts to help women experiencing domestic abuse.

Carmine DiCenso, Director of Dakin Humane Society

Carmine DiCenso, the new Exec. Director of the Dakin Humane Society, discusses the important services Dakin provides for the community, and his thoughts for the future.