Jim Bass: Focus on public schools

November 21, 2013 

Rep. Paul Stam, in his Nov. 20 letter “More charters,” made the case for more charter schools because they are “freed from most, but not all, state-imposed rules that strangle the creativity of schools and teachers.”

Why do we need two systems of schools? Wouldn’t it be better for Stam’s efforts and energy to be focused on changing the state-imposed rules that he argues against? If the state can create charter schools, why can it not eliminate the burdensome regulations that are the basis for the creation of charter schools? What am I missing?

Jim Bass, Raleigh

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