Gilbert C. Brown, in his Aug. 30 Point of View “ A modest proposal: charters for all,” for charter schools of all descriptions instead of our public schools. As he has led schools in Latin America that probably enrolled only the upper classes, he lacks knowledge of the reality of poor and middle class students.
When both parents have to work or only one parent is in the home, there is little time to create charter schools. He proposes that $8,500 per pupil be given to parents in a single payment so the parent can choose the charter school for the child or children. What if these parents are not educated or have little knowledge of these schools? What if the majority of the parents choose religious schools? What if they live in poor neighborhoods where little transportation is available and they are unable to drive their children to schools?
Maybe Brown doesn’t realize that our state constitution requires taxpayers to pay for public schools and that our U.S. Constitution stipulates separation of church and state. Or is he writing with tongue in cheek?
Betty Jane Lazo