The dominant voices on charter school governing boards in Massachusetts are from the financial and corporate sectors, not from educators.
Approximately one-third of charter school trustees in Massachusetts are affiliated with the financial services and corporate sectors. Less than one-quarter have educational expertise.
Parents of students in charter schools comprise a surprisingly low proportion (14 percent) of charter school trustees statewide, and 60 percent of the charter schools in Massachusetts have no parent representation on their boards of trustees. Only five charter high schools in Massachusetts include any student representatives on their boards.
Significant parent representation on charter school governing boards is largely confined to schools that serve predominantly white students.
Of the 33 Massachusetts charter schools that include any parents at all on the school’s governance board, 22 serve predominantly white students. Of the remaining 11 schools that have a majority of black and brown students, only two have more than one or two parents on the board.