I am dismayed that another charter school proposal is before the U-46 school board. My concerns are the negative effects these charters have on the regular educational program.
Instead of being an attempt to discover new ways to deal with at-risk students as they were originally intended to be, these schools become segregated havens for children from middle-class homes. Instead of being a source of new ideas for public schools, the charters become a drain on already limited resources.
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A strong democracy needs a strong, equitable school system that is open to everyone, not just a select few.