Much has been written about charter schools, and each article acknowledges that many of our public school systems need improvement (“Charter students double in a decade,’’ Page A1, Nov. 1). Charter schools may or may not offer this improvement. But they are not open to all students in a public school system.
Is it equitable that publicly funded school systems are trying to make spectacular changes in charter schools, while offering these improvements only to a lucky lottery- numbered group of students (and their siblings)? School systems should be evaluating what has been shown to work in education and what needs to be done, and then implementing these changes for all students.
Instead of upholding the true meaning of public schools, we are acknowledging that some students will receive what is likely to be a better education while others will receive what is likely to be a second-class education. It puzzles me why this continues. Why are we not working together to improve the education we offer to all of our children?