Charter Schools in High Demand

Published June 13, 2007

The NC Center for Public Policy Research unfairly attacked charter schools in your paper on June 6 [“Group Backs Cap for Charter Schools”]. It criticizes charter schools for failing to perform better than the state as a whole or because they aren’t as racially integrated.

But charter schools serve primarily at-risk communities where quality public schools aren’t as available. To criticize them for this is to ignore what makes them so useful.

There are thousands of kids waiting to get into a North Carolina charter school. It would be incredibly arrogant to ignore that demand by leaving the current cap in place.

Michael Van Winkle ([email protected]) is legislative specialist for education policy at The Heartland Institute.