A Boston Herald opinion piece recently compared the fight for charter schools to same sex marriage. I do believe that there are some parallels to the two political movements even if the gentleman came to completely the wrong conclusions.
Ten years ago, I couldn’t sleep. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court had declared in Goodridge vs. the Department of Health, that gays and lesbians had a right to marry under the Massachusetts state constitution.
That decision garnered quite a bit of interest to say the least. The legal maneuvers are somewhat complicated to explain. But essentially, the Christian right mobilized and money came pouring in from out of state to try and convince Massachusetts to change its state constitution. At the time, I believed that this would head to a statewide vote.
I couldn’t believe that voters were going to be able to vote on something that so intimately affected my life. It had a happy ending. The vote was stopped in the legislature but I’ll never forget the experience.
Now, a decade later, I’m again pacing the halls at night. I love my children’s BPS schools. But a statewide vote on charter schools threatens their school communities. Statewide, voters will decide on whether or not to allow 12 new charter schools a year, every year. If Question 2 passes, up to 45 BPS schools could close in the next 12 years.
The question is being funded by wealthy, out of state interests, who want access to our education dollars. This is exactly what fighting for gay marriage felt like. The campaign for Yes on 2 is trying to convince voters to vote yes. And that yes will hurt my family. All of our families.
I hope Massachusetts will again reject out of state interests, just like they did before, and vote No on 2.
In the meantime, please watch this video that the unstoppable Krissy Cabbage made about the fight to save our public schools.