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Raise the charter-school cap again

It was very good news for some families in Fall River and Lawrence, but Monday’s front-page Globe story also underscored an important reality about improving urban education. Although that reality will make teachers’ unions and their allies uncomfortable, it’s one policymakers will soon have to reckon with.

But first the news: Massachusetts and four other states have received a federal go-ahead to use dollars intended for tutoring or after-school programs to pay teachers to extend the school day in some traditional public schools. As a result, 5,000 kids in 10 schools in those two cities will benefit from a longer school day starting next fall.

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