Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pointing Fingers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pointing Fingers

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Regarding "Charter Schools Aren't a Real Option for Many Families" (Dec. 14 letters): I am forced to wholly reject the Pittsburgh school district solicitor's indirect assertions that the Environmental Charter School has screened, selected or otherwise manufactured its student body. Ira Weiss knows full well the lengths to which our institution will go to ensure a fair and equitable lottery process.

Unlike the PPS magnet enrollment system, the ECS lottery is a transparent, open and fair process audited by a respected third-party CPA firm to ensure ethical objectivity. Public education, in all its forms, has a duty to taxpayers to provide high-quality education for all, and I am offended by the the solicitor's charges that charter schools "routinely screen" students.

I suggest the solicitor turns his efforts toward supporting the Pittsburgh Public Schools, a district that has for decades failed to support or challenge so many of the city's most vulnerable students. …

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