October 26, 2015
On Saturday, October 22nd at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, the Massachusetts Charter School Association held a 20th Birthday Party gala. The purpose of the event, which attracted 800 attendees, was to recognize the significance of twenty years of charter schools’ operations in Massachusetts. The gala included Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, former Senate Chair Billy Bulger, Governor Charlie Baker, and Lawrence’s State Representative Frank Moran --- all of whom are charter school champions. Lawrence Family Development Charter School is proud to be one of the fourteen original charter schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
A video with a primary focus on Lawrence Family Development Charter School was premiered at the Gala. Founded in 1995, the Lawrence Family Development, Inc.'s Lawrence Family Development Charter School (LFDCS) is one of the first K-8 Commonwealth public charter schools. As a “Level 1” public school for MCAS performance in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, the work of LFDCS is known for best practices as a Massachusetts urban school. The school uses research-based practices for academic instruction and intervention, and supplements this instruction with after school and summer school programs.
According to Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Marley, “We were delighted the Massachusetts Charter School Association conceptualized the video shown at the gala and selected LFDCS as a focus point. Superintendent Ralph Carrero, as well as our students, teachers, and parents clearly helped the film crew of New Media Advocacy Project demonstrate that Lawrence Family Development Charter School is true to its mission and a beacon of promise in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Funding for the film was supported by the Walton Foundation.