STATE ED BOARD CHAIR GIFTED AKAMAI STOCK TO FAMILY FUND THAT SUPPORTS CHARTERS
By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 20, 2016.....Paul Sagan, a journalist turned technology executive who was tapped in 2015 by Gov. Charlie Baker to chair the Massachusetts Board of Education, stepped into the middle of the fierce election battle over charter schools this summer when he made a sizable donation to the proponents of expansion.
The contribution generated bias allegations from anti-charter school advocates and calls for his resignation given his position as an evaluator of charter schools and their license applications. All of those concerns were summarily dismissed by Baker, himself a supporter of the ballot question, as a "nothingburger" meant to distract from the merits of the debate over charter schools.
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