Tom Clere: Off-track charters

January 22, 2014 

The Jan. 21 news article “Charter school to open just outside gated community” described a disturbing new version of the neighborhood school. The developer of Anderson Creek Club has seen an opening in state law to provide his real estate venture with, in effect, its own free taxpayer-supported charter school.

Incredibly, or not so incredibly, he originally wanted to locate his school inside the gates of his development. What’s next? A church or corporation with its charter school? The principle is the same: using public education as a recruiting tool for a private business.

We as a state have gotten seriously off-track here. May this example not have any imitators.

Tom Clere, Faison

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