Holyoke, MA (May 29): Massachusetts State Senator Don Humason visited the Holyoke Community Charter School, a member of the SABIS Schools Network, which opened in fall 2005 and currently serves 702 students in grades K-8. Senator Humason toured the school facility and then met with students, staff and parents in the indoor "garden room" where he heard a plea for the senator to support upcoming legislation that would raise the cap on the number of students who can attend charter schools.
Holyoke Community's parents and students are seeking to create a high school, but the current cap leaves less than 100 remaining seats available for Holyoke's resident students to attend charter schools. Currently, the vast majority of the school's graduating 8th graders attend the local Holyoke High School, where they are often placed in advanced classes. During the visit, Senator Humason heard from 8th graders who expressed love for their school and preference to remain there through high school. He also heard parents speak about the school's college-prep mission and caring and welcoming environment. The school's director, Dr. Sonia Pope, handed Senator Humason a binder containing hundreds or support letters and petition signatures from parents and supporters of raising the state's charter school enrollment cap.
represents Agawam, Southwick, Granville, Tolland, Russell, Montgomery,
Southampton, Easthampton, Chicopee (7, 8A, 9A), Westfield, and Holyoke
in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District of the Massachusetts State Senate. Prior becoming a senator, he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 4th Hampden District from 2003 to 2013.