Letter to the Editor

Charters and traditional public schools compared

I read with interest Mark Schneider and Robert Cane’s Dec. 30 Local Opinions commentary, “Why charters shouldn’t be ‘neighborhood schools.’ ” What has been missing is a study on the differences between the families of the children who are successful in charter schools and those of children failing in traditional D.C. public schools.

We should examine family incomes, the stability of the child’s home life, and how much time their families spend with them on homework or other family activities. We should look at the attitudes of the family toward the education and how they impart these views to their children. We also should look at the money spent per child in a successful charter school from all sources, including money raised from foundations and donations.

If we did this, we would have better comparisons and an understanding of what we need to do to let all children succeed, which has to be our goal.  

Peter Rosenstein, Washington

 
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