|For Immediate Release|
|Monday, June 28, 2004|
|Contact:||Heidi B. Perlman 781-338-3106 or Kim Beck 781-338-3105|
Statement from Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll on Judge Daniel Ford’s decision in the charter school case brought by the city of North Adams vs. the Board of Education:
MALDEN - “Judge Ford’s decision in this case underscores what we have long maintained: that the charter school application and award process is fair and unbiased, and that the allegations in North Adams’s complaint were completely unfounded.
Now that the court has ruled, I hope that legislators will keep this decision in mind when they revisit the charter school moratorium issue, and that they will uphold Governor Romney’s veto. The FY05 budget the Governor just signed calls for an additional $37 million to go to the communities impacted by charter schools, and will help alleviate the financial burden critics say charter schools bring.
But most importantly, I hope the legislators will keep in mind the families and children planning to attend these schools. Charter schools offer parents the right to make thoughtful public school choices for their children. Imposing a moratorium now would take that right away from those families, and would be wrong.”