Tag Archives: Charter Schools

Early Voting Continues Until Nov. 4 or Vote at the Polls on Nov. 8

Early Voting in Town Hall Basement

Early voting can be done in person or by mail by any registered voter. In Hopkinton, early voting can be done in person at Hopkinton Town Hall, 18 Main Street until Friday, November 4  during usual business hours which are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Tuesdays from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Fridays from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Read more…

Or vote at the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. All Hopkinton precincts vote at the Hopkinton Middle School Brown Gym, 88 Hayden Rowe St, Hopkinton, enter by Grove Street. Polls are open 6:30am-8:00pm. There is no school on Tuesday, November 8 due to a Teacher Professional Day timed as usual to coincide with election day. This reduces parking & traffic congestion and increases student safety on this busy day. There are four statewide ballot questions this year, in addition to the state and presidential election. Read what’s on the ballot here. Continue reading Early Voting Continues Until Nov. 4 or Vote at the Polls on Nov. 8

State & Presidential Election – Tues. Nov. 8 – Early voting begins 10/24

November 8, 2016 Election Word Cloud

There is no school on Tuesday, November 8 due to a Teacher Professional Day timed as usual to coincide with election day. Because the polls are located at the Middle School, this reduces parking & traffic congestion and increases student safety on this busy day. There are four statewide ballot questions this year, in addition to the state and presidential election.

New this year! Early Voting Oct. 24 – Nov. 4

Early voting can be done in person or by mail by any registered voter. In Hopkinton, early voting can be done in person at Hopkinton Town Hall, 18 Main Street from Monday, October 24 until Friday, November 4. It will be held during our usual business hours which are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Tuesdays from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Fridays from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. For public convenience, the Hopkinton Town Clerk has decided to offer weekend hours on Saturday, October 29th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Read more…

New to town, recently moved or not registered to vote?

On the November 8 Ballot for Hopkinton residents:

QUESTION 1: Expanded Slot Machine Gaming

This proposed law would allow the state Gaming Commission to issue one additional category 2 license, which would permit operation of a gaming establishment with no table games and not more than 1,250 slot machines. Read more…

  • A YES VOTE would permit the state Gaming Commission to license one additional slot-machine gaming establishment at a location that meets certain conditions specified in the law. http://massachusettsquestion1.com
  • A NO VOTE would make no change in current laws regarding gaming. http://macasinos.net

QUESTION 2: Charter School Expansion

This proposed law would allow the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to approve up to 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools each year. Approvals under this law could expand statewide charter school enrollment by up to 1% of the total statewide public school enrollment each year. New charters and enrollment expansions approved under this law would be exempt from existing limits on the number of charter schools, the number of students enrolled in them, and the amount of local school districts’ spending allocated to them. Read more…

  • A YES VOTE would allow for up to 12 approvals each year of either new charter schools or expanded enrollments in existing charter schools, but not to exceed 1% of the statewide public school enrollment. http://greatschoolsma.org
  • A NO VOTE would make no change in current laws relative to charter schools. https://saveourpublicschoolsma.com

QUESTION 3: Conditions for Farm Animals

This proposed law would prohibit any farm owner or operator from knowingly confining any breeding pig, calf raised for veal, or egg-laying hen in a way that prevents the animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending its limbs, or turning around freely. The proposed law would also prohibit any business owner or operator in Massachusetts from selling whole eggs intended for human consumption or any uncooked cut of veal or pork if the business owner or operator knows or should know that the hen, breeding pig, or veal calf that produced these products was confined in a manner prohibited by the proposed law. The proposed law would exempt sales of food products that combine veal or pork with other products, including soups, sandwiches, pizzas, hotdogs, or similar processed or prepared food items. Read more…

  • A YES VOTE would prohibit any confinement of pigs, calves, and hens that prevents them from lying down, standing up, fully extending their limbs, or turning around freely. http://www.citizensforfarmanimals.com
  • A NO VOTE would make no change in current laws relative to the keeping of farm animals. http://newenglandbrownegg.com

QUESTION 4: Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana

The proposed law would permit the possession, use, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana in limited amounts by persons age 21 and older and would remove criminal penalties for such activities. It would provide for the regulation of commerce in marijuana, marijuana accessories, and marijuana products and for the taxation of proceeds from sales of these items. Read more…

  • A YES VOTE would allow persons 21 and older to possess, use, and transfer marijuana and products containing marijuana concentrate (including edible products) and to cultivate marijuana, all in limited amounts, and would provide for the regulation and taxation of commercial sale of marijuana and marijuana products. https://www.regulatemassachusetts.org
  • A NO VOTE would make no change in current laws relative to marijuana. http://www.safeandhealthyma.com

ELECTORS OF PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT

  • CLINTON and KAINE, Democratic
  • JOHNSON and WELD, Libertarian
  • STEIN and BARAKA, Green-Rainbow
  • TRUMP and PENCE, Republican

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS – FOURTH DISTRICT

  • JOSEPH P. KENNEDY, III, 12 Gibbs St., Brookline, Democratic
  • DAVID A. ROSA, 323 Lincoln Ave., Dighton, Republican

COUNCILLOR – SECOND DISTRICT

  • ROBERT L. JUBINVILLE, 487 Adams St., Milton, Democratic
  • BRAD WILLIAMS, 29 Furbush Rd., Boston, Republican

SENATOR IN GENERAL COURT – SECOND MIDDLESEX & NORFOLK DISTRICT

  • KAREN E. SPILKA, 18 Rome Way, Ashland, Democratic

REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL COURT – EIGHTH MIDDLESEX DISTRICT

  • CAROLYN C. DYKEMA, 429 Marshall St., Holliston, Democratic

SHERIFF – MIDDLESEX COUNTY

  • PETER J. KOUTOUJIAN, 33 Harris St., Waltham, Democratic

 

School Choice Update

At its January 26 public hearing on School Choice, the School Committee voted not to accept students into Hopkinton schools via the Massachusetts School Choice program. Every year they must decide by June 1 if Hopkinton will accept school choice students the following year. We have NOT accepted school choice students for several years, however Hopkinton students may still go out of district to other towns that accept school choice students. This year 13.5 students attend out of Hopkinton via School Choice and 29 students attend public charter schools out of Hopkinton. The number of Hopkinton students opting to go out of district via School Choice and Charter Schools had been slowly but steadily increasing since the 2005-06 school year, but is now down slightly from last year.

Hopkinton School Choice Trends from Mass DOE FY12
Hopkinton Students Attending Charter Schools from Mass DOE FY12

Important School Update: State of the Schools Forum, Per Pupil Spending, School Choice and more

School Facts: How have budget cuts over recent years impacted Hopkinton Schools?

Per Pupil Spending
Hopkinton spends 11.5% less in per pupil than the state average (that’s approximately $1,503 less), based on FY09 data on the Massachusetts Department of Education website. In FY06, Hopkinton was only 5.9% under the state average. Hopkinton also spends less per pupil than most neighboring towns, including Ashland, Holliston, Northboro-Southboro and Westborough. In addition Hopkinton spends less per pupil than most towns with similar structure and district wealth, such as Belmont, Burlington, Canton, Nashoba and Sharon.

School Choice & Charter Schools
Did you know that for the 2009-10 School Year, Hopkinton sent 41 students out of district via the Massachusetts School Choice Program and/or to Charter Schools at a mandated cost of $235,371 to Hopkinton taxpayers? More Hopkinton families opted to send their children out of district this year than families in Holliston, Southborough and Westborough. The number of Hopkinton students opting to go out of district via School Choice has been steadily increasing since the 2005-06 school year.

Class Sizes
Class sizes in the elementary grades are currently higher than most surrounding school districts. Did you know that both Elmwood School and Hopkins School currently have empty classrooms? If another teacher was added at each school class sizes could be significantly reduced.

Foreign Language
Did you know that Hopkinton Public Schools do not offer any foreign language instruction until grade 7? It used to be offered as early as grade 5. Most neighboring school districts offer foreign language earlier than Hopkinton, some offering it as early as Kindergarten.

State of the Schools Forum

Wednesday, April 7 at 7:00-9:00 p.m.
HCAM-TV, 77 Main Street, Lower Level
Question and answer session with Superintendent Dr. Jack Phelan and School Committee Vice Chair Rebecca Robak. Call 508-435-7887 during the show with your questions and concerns or email them to secretary@hptaonline.com in advance or during the show. Space is Limited! Click here to RSVP. Or watch at home on Comcast Channel 8/Verizon Channel 30.

The Next Steps in the Budget Process:
The budget has been given to the Appropriations Committee who are in the process of reviewing the budget in detail. The Appropriations Committee will hold a Public Hearing on the budget on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall in the 1st Floor Conference Room. This hearing is NOT televised, but is open to the public. Residents will vote on the budget and the financial warrant articles at the annual Town Meeting, which begins Monday, May 3 at 7:00pm.