As the former mayor of Lowell and chairwoman of the school committee, I wholeheartedly support efforts to improve and increase expanded day programs.
I do not, at this time, support raising the cap on charter schools.
I believe it is not only important to preserve the funds allocated to our public schools, but is also vital that we focus our efforts on building the best public schools imaginable.
Charter schools should receive public funding only where they meet the same academic standards, admission guidelines, and have the same degree of accountability as their public counterparts.
Teachers' unions, school districts, and the state must work collaboratively to find funding sources for much-needed after school programs in our public schools.