Don’t put a cap on char­ter schools

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In re­sponse to “5 ways to help pub­lic schools” (Jan. 11 Opin­ion):

Guest colum­nist Justin Par­menter rec­om­mends “Re­in­state the char­ter cap” as a means of im­prov­ing pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion.

That’s ironic – and dead wrong, in my opin­ion – in light of the fact that char­ter school stu­dents have out­per­formed “school sys­tem” stu­dents across the board, and in ev­ery sub­cat­e­gory, this past year, ac­cord­ing to the N.C. Of­fice of Char­ter Schools’ “2018 Char­ter Schools An­nual Re­port.”

I guess Justin’s ra­tio­nale is “if you can’t beat them, re­duce them.” trail, part of which will run along ex­ist­ing streets/side­walks. That solution should be a non­starter.

Here is a sim­ple solution: Have the City Coun­cil and county board in­struct their re­spec­tive man­agers to sit down and solve the short­fall. To­gether the city and county have an an­nual bud­get of over $4 bil­lion. The $ 77 mil­lion short­fall is less than 2 per­cent of the com­bined bud­gets.

All we need now is lead­er­ship and the will to com­plete the project! neg­a­tive im­pacts. Most un­der-ap­pre­ci­ated is cit­i­zens’ weak­ened faith in the abil­ity of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to pro­vide ser­vices and man­age our na­tional trea­sures.

I can al­ready hear calls that pri­va­ti­za­tion will be the best way to as­sure con­tin­u­ous safety and ac­cess.

Out­sourc­ing gov­ern­ment ser­vices, sell­ing off the com­mons, is not the an­swer. We must elect lead­ers who of­fer real so­lu­tions for the 21st cen­tury. on this is­sue.

Richard Vin­root

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