Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Charter Schools Aren't a Real Option for Many Families

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Charter Schools Aren't a Real Option for Many Families

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I am responding to the Dec. 7 letter from Richard Wertheimer regarding charter schools ("Most Charter Schools Are Public and Help Those in Poverty"). While I agree with Mr. Wertheimer's comments regarding the U.S. secretary of education designate, Betsy DeVos, and her anti-public school agenda, I think a more expansive and more realistic view of charter schools is in order.

Pennsylvania charter schools routinely screen students to eliminate all but a few special-needs students, avoid enrolling students who are new to our country and require instruction designed for students who utilize English as a second language, and students with a disciplinary history. Homeless students are grossly under-enrolled in these schools. Charters are not a real option for the families of many of these students. …

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