Chinatown: No Charter Schools Here

Milestone about education situation in Chinatown

Xin Fang
BU News Services

“We don’t have charter schools here in Chinatown,” Freddy Wong said. Wong, who is in his early 40s, is a driving coach in the Metro Boston Driving School.

Most children in Chinatown go to local bilingual schools, such as Josiah Quincy school (K-6) and Josiah Quincy Upper School. Another popular choice is William J. Ostiguy High School, located at Temple Place.


“People in Chinatown have so many things to worry about,” said Wong. “Some families will move away for better schools, including charter schools, but most of the families don’t have the capability to do so,” Wong said.

Boston currently hosts 34 of the state’s 80 charter schools. Under current law, the state may direct up to nine percent of the money the district spends on students to fund seats at local charter schools.  Recently some students sued to lift the state’s charter school cap.

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