Don’t put a cap on charter schools
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.