Proponents, meanwhile, have argued that it will help “failing public schools” and offer parents a “choice.” Among them is Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, who has gone “all-in”  to stump for the pro-charter measure.

According to education historian Diane Ravitch, the state is “ground zero of the charter fraud.” Question 2 proponents, she wrote, are engaging in a “misleading, dishonest campaign” because “They do not explain that passage of Question 2 means that neighborhood public schools will be closed and replaced by corporate-controlled charter schools. They do not explain that more money for charter schools means less money for public schools. They do not explain that those who vote for Question 2 are voting to cut the budgets of their own public schools.”

Recognizing such threats, 30 mayors in the state have come out against it, including Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty, who said the $24.5 million his city will spend on charter schools “is money that could be used to hire more teachers, improve our facilities, and invest in our students.”

According to the latest count, over 200 school communities have come out against lifting the charter school cap. And support from this sector makes sense, wrote Ravitch, as “The school boards recognize that this would take money away from public schools and destroy public education in Massachusetts.”

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In a blog post outlining why he’ll be voting no on Question 2, Christopher Martell, a professor of Social Studies Education at Boston University, wrote, “If this ballot question passes, it would have a devastating impact on our local public school districts. It would continue to weaken traditional public schools, which serve 96 percent of the state’s students. This ballot question will possibly lead to a two-tiered education system in Massachusetts, with the negative impacts exacerbated in our urban communities.”

Warning that so-called education reformers’ success on the measure could spread to other states, Ravitch wrote: “What happens on November 8 will matter to the future of public education in America. “

Meanwhile, voters in Georgia will also vote Nov. 8 on a measure that could foster charter school expansion.

Amendment 1 would allow the state to take over “chronically failing” schools. It would take away control from local boards of education and would allow the governor to appoint a superintendent who could then choose to turn them over to charter operators. It was modeled after the Recovery School District in Louisiana and the Achievement School District in Tennessee.

WSAV calls it “the most talked about potential change to the Georgia state constitution this election year.”

An 11alive poll released Tuesday found the opposition ahead—54 percent to 29 percent.

Sid Chapman, president of the Georgia Education Association, warned that if voters do choose to amend the state constitution, “Public schools as we know [them] could go away.”

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