Governor Charlie Baker wants to increase charter schools in Massachusetts. He's filed a bill to increase charter schools in the state's lowest performng school districts.

But Rep. Anotonio Cabral says funding for charter schools comes from local school budgets and more charter schools would decimate schools in areas like New Bedford and Fall River.

"Maybe we should have a seperate stream of funding for charter schools, but that's something for us to discuss and debate with the Governor," said Cabral. "Let's talk about how we're going to fund charter schools without decimating the public schools."

Baker, a long-time charter schools supporter, says the legislation will help give every child the opportunity to a high-quality education regardless of their zip code or background.

About 80 charter schools currently operate in Massachusetts, includng three in New Bedford.

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