Vote No on charter schools | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

White billionaires want to control the education of poor people. Why?

White billionaires want to control the education of poor people. Why?

To make a profit, for excitement and fun, for power, for a feeling of self-righteousness, for a chance to be a do-gooder?

Numerous studies have proven that charter schools, on average, don’t do a better job of educating than regular public schools. Stanford University conducted a study that shows only one in five charter schools are more successful than a public school. The rest are the same or worse. It is foolhardy to replace a public school, with a community that supports it, for a privately controlled school that is probably no better and possibly worse and accountable only to their own, high-paid directors.

Only about one-third of charter school teachers remain teaching after two years. Most teachers don’t begin to develop into a good teacher until their third year. Charter schools dramatically underserve or discourage children with special needs, second language learners, children in homeless or foster care situations, and those that get free or reduced lunch. Yes, this is discrimination. Public schools are open to all.

Poverty is the main cause of poor academic achievement. This has just recently been documented with the results of the SAT tests that show scores rising in stair step increments with the increase of household income. (Skagit Valley Herald) When we are willing to attack the problem of poverty, we will see children able to learn. Until childhood poverty, an increase in household income, and health care for all are tackled, education for all will not happen.

Judy Fay

Arlington

 

More in Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Opioid bill flawed, as is request for more money for schools

Schools already get lots of funding

Marysville School District is spending $15,700 per student, yet the union wants… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Socialism worked in Netherlands Steve Powell - what kind of a reporter/journalist… Continue reading

Children’s lives end every Wednesday

A voice for the unborn We are pro-life. We stand peacefully praying… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Thank you to Mr. Powell for exposing the confusing evolution about gender… Continue reading

Here’s another vote for the Arlington school bond

Arlington School District has a bond proposal on the ballot Feb. 12.… Continue reading

More support for Arlington school bonds

Vote for schools We want to voice our support for the Arlington… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Vote for school bonds in Arlington

Please vote yes on Arlington school bonds

Vote for Arlington schools The February and November 2018 school bond proposals… Continue reading

Letter to the editor

Arlington school board supports February bond measure

Hunting too close to trail

The Qwuloolt Estuary multi-use path on Ebey Slough in Marysville is a… Continue reading

Get involved so Arlington knows what school bonds you will support

Are you disappointed the Arlington school bond didn’t pass? Are you glad… Continue reading