Charter schools aren't always the answer

One would hope that the opinion piece by the CEO of ConnCAN, "New London students deserve tools for success," (Dec. 22), also paid the fees associated with other Day advertisements.

While it is true that it is a national imperative that all students receive a quality education, we must give careful consideration to what works what really works. And, I would ask that we take a closer look at the progress of corporate initiatives in D.C. before we say that they are "working."

That ConnCAN is associated with a state charter school management company, makes one question whether some of its solutions are self-serving. A few slogans and a cloaked pitch for for-profit privatized education do not mean that corporate educational reform works nor has the educational needs of all students at heart.

Charter schools offer great promise when they are public and work for and with the community. Initiatives that only drain the resources of a community from its public schools do not improve education. True public education is an imperative if our democratic commitment is to continue. Suggestions outlined in Diane Ravitch's "Reign of Error" invite a more comprehensive consideration of the problem and possible solution.

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