Recent attempts to paint public charter schools as private enterprises promoting a corporate agenda fundamentally misconstrue intentions and reality, polarizing an issue that demands true and open discourse. To be clear: The vast majority of public charter schools cannot and do not make profits, and recent legislation has been passed to ensure that no new charters can be for-profit. Public charter schools, overseen by nonprofit organizations or local community boards and held accountable by the State Education Department, represent an alternative public option to what is generally considered a failing Buffalo education system. As a current teacher at a highly successful Buffalo public charter school, and a former teacher at a failing Rochester public school, I have seen both ends of the urban school experience. In neither case, however, were profits, corporate agendas, or privatization a part of it (nor should they ever be a part of “public” education—let’s all agree on this).