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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v9n39 (09/30/2010) » Section: Letters to Artvoice

More on Charter Schools

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).

Even More on Charter Schools

It is important to keep the debate about improving quality education alive and heated, however it is important to give the public facts rather than assumptions.

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