Charter Schools Are Public Schools

Published August 14, 2007

Jim McCaffrey rightly prods school bureaucrats to look harder at lagging minority achievement (“PSD Downplays the Minority Scores,” August 8) but misses the mark in his assessment.

Charter schools “sap public school resources to the detriment of district schools,” he wrote. Nonsense! Charter schools are public schools. They can’t charge tuition. They have some leeway to differ from conventional public schools, and parents may choose to send their children to them. But that doesn’t make them a drain. It makes them an asset.

Robert Holland ([email protected]) is senior fellow for education policy at The Heartland Institute.