Whenever the issue involves charter schools, both sides cherry pick data to support their position (“Charter schools are the best way to wipe out educational disparity,” New York Post, June 27). The best way to settle the debate is to allow traditional public schools to operate under the same set of rules as charter schools with students from the same racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. Then compare the results.
I think the outcomes would be most revealing. Yes, there will always be some who refuse to change their opinions for one reason or another. They have that right, and I support them. But I think that most people will get a better understanding of why charter schools on average are able to outperform traditional public schools.
I graduated from a traditional public school and taught for 28 years in a traditional public high school. But I realize that times have changed. What was a good fit for me growing up may not be a good fit for others today. Rather than continue the debate, let’s get better evidence out in the open for everyone to judge for themselves.
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