No more charter funds absent proof of success
To the editor:
I do not know why Gov. Baker and many legislators want so badly to increase the number of charter schools in Massachusetts. As I understand it, charter schools were set up to be free from certain restrictions placed on other public schools so that they could experiment with and evaluate creative ways of educating children. When new methods that produced good results were identified, they would then be put into use in regular public schools. The long-range goal was to improve education for all our children.
Where are the results of the charter school initiative? What methods have been discovered that enhance learning? What system is available to communicate these successes to other school systems? How are they being implemented in regular public schools? What happens to already floundering districts when money flows out to a charter school?
Until there is good documentation that charter schools are producing quality education and enhancing the education in schools in general, I do not think any more should be funded.
A well-educated electorate is the foundation of a true democracy. That requires having high quality, free and public schools available for all children. Our responsibility is to build, staff and maintain such schools. I believe increasing the number of charter schools undermines that effort.