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Newswire: October 4, 2016 — Unions throw more money at Massachusetts charter campaign — State Policy Network addresses innovation & opportunity — Is School Choice the Black Choice? Event in DC

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UNION MONEY IN MA. The NEA just approved $3M more to fight parent power in The Bay State, bringing their contribution to $4.9M. And that’s not including the local MA Teachers Association spend of $9M, along with the in-kind donations of teacher canvassing across the state to convince people that charters are bad for public schools. The reality is charters actually increase support for public schools – and increase funding for schools kids leave, giving districts plenty of resources to fix what ails them. Perhaps unions are getting nervous that news outlets big and small are exposing their false talking points on charter schools. CER CEO Jeanne Allen sheds light on reality of school funding in a local MA paper here.  

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#SPNAM2016. Three cheers for all the great work the State Policy Network is doing surrounding innovation and opportunity! If you’re at the annual gathering happening now in Nashville, be sure to find CER CEO Jeanne Allen and VP of Public Affairs Amy McGrath to chat about important topics surrounding education innovation and opportunity – like this great panel yesterday about how funding school choice increases support for all choices.

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BACK OFF. Hundreds of parents, students, educators, and school leaders stepped up to the plate to show why their charter school works better for them than the status quo. The winner of the “Hey John Oliver, Back Off My Charter School!” Video Contest is scheduled to be announced by the end of the month. Keep the momentum going by sending your stories, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates!

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IS SCHOOL CHOICE THE BLACK CHOICE? Don’t miss the engaging News One Now host Roland S. Martin at Howard University in DC for a special town hall meeting on October 5 alongside respected educators as they address issues of educating our youth. Doors open at6pm. Event details and registration here.

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