After reading the Jan. 15 Point of View “NC charter schools failing to deliver on diversity promise,” I had to wonder whether the writers had ever ventured outside their ivory tower. Certainly, they have never been to an actual charter school.
They say the market “justification for charter schools no longer applies” and complain of poor oversight. Among the many things they appear not to know is that two schools were recently recommended for nonrenewal of their charters for low enrollment and poor performance. They then promulgate policies either already in statute or that would restrict the flexibility that make charters so popular with parents of all income and ethnic groups.
Approximately 85 percent of charters have waiting lists. Almost half scored a B or above on the School Performance Grade. One can see why.
Director of Public Relations & Grassroots Development, N.C. Public Charter School Association