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To the Editor: 

I was disturbed by Ron Isaac's recent column criticizing charter schools for their self-promoting practices and lack of accountability.

While Isaac's criticism may be valid, he fails to recognize the real reason why these schools are flourishing.

The fact is that public schools have failed their students. The Department of Education spends billions of dollars annually and what does it have to show for it? Too many students cannot read at their grade level, cannot write, cannot do basic mathematics, and cannot think critically. 

Given this reality, I often wonder where future generations of business and civic leaders will come from.

I'm not suggesting that charter schools are the panacea they purport to be. But is it surprising that many parents desperately seek educational alternatives for their public school kids? Attacking charters will not address their concerns.

Arnold Kingston


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