We need an alternative to our failing public schools
Hats off to King County Superior Court Judge Jean Rietschel for declaring the charter school initiative constitutional [“A charter schools victory,” Opinion, Dec. 15].
Voters have finally seen the light and approved the initiative, which had been voted down twice in the past eight years. The Washington Education Association continues to fight the constitutionality of the initiative, and it appears that our public schoolteachers don’t care that 30 percent of students drop out of high school, primarily minorities in low-income areas.
Charter schools are a viable alternative to parents of students who can’t afford private school tuition. The charter school would succeed because parents would choose to send their student there, as opposed to being trapped in a public school in a low-income area.
While the academic success of a charter school education over that of a public school can be debated, the fact remains that we need an alternative to our failing public schools.
— Frankie Vargas, Newcastle