- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Backers of a ballot question that would lift state-imposed caps on charter schools in Massachusetts say they delivered more than 20,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office.

That’s about twice as many as needed to secure a spot on the November ballot.

Great Schools Massachusetts spokeswoman Eileen O’Connor said Wednesday that the additional signatures are proof of the public’s support for allowing more charter schools.

The proposed ballot question would add up to a dozen new or expanded charters each year outside of existing state caps.

Critics, led by teachers unions, argue that charter schools draw resources away from traditional public schools.

Charter schools are public schools that operate independently from local school boards.

The Senate approved a charter school bill in April, but the House hasn’t acted.

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