Charter School Challenges

To The Editor:

The Independent Budget Office revealed recently that 80 percent of special-needs kindergartners in New York City’s charter schools leave those schools before they reach third grade. Why? Because the charter schools throw them out. Those publicly-funded private schools don’t want to take a chance with data that might make their businesses a harder sell to potential customers. Where do these kids end up? In public schools, where they contribute positively as members of the school family and where the responsibility for nurturing all kids without exception is cheerfully accepted. No kid is viewed as a liability there. People who live the life of educators know that. Public schools have double the percentage of special-needs kids that charter schools have and this does nobody any harm. It is a pleasure and a challenge to serve. That’s what drives true educators, not entrepreneurs masquerading as them.

Ron Isaac,
Fresh Meadows