- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Both sides in the battle over a contentious charter school ballot question are raising money at a ferocious pace - topping a combined $33 million as of mid-October.

Great Schools Massachusetts, which supports the question, has raised more than $20.5 million, according to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

Save Our Public Schools, which opposes the question, has raised more than $12.5 million.

The ballot question would let Massachusetts add up to a dozen new or expanded charter schools each year outside of existing state caps.

Much of the money supporting the question has come from the New York-based Families for Excellent Schools.

The vast majority of the money opposing the question has come from teachers unions.

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Online: http://www.ocpf.us/Reports/BallotQuestionReports

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