Increasing aid to public schools is being urged as the solution to their dismal performance (“New York needs school choice, not more money for ever-worse results,” New York Post, Dec. 29). That argument is based on the difference in test scores between charter schools and traditional public schools.
I understand the anger and frustration that taxpayers feel about this issue, but I hasten to point out that charter schools operate by a completely different set of rules than other public schools. As a result, they have a huge advantage. I submit that if traditional public schools were set free to operate as charter schools, there would be little, if any, difference in results.
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