April 20, 2011

The secondary headline on the April 17 editorial “Charter school roadblock” accused Montgomery County of “restricting opportunity” in Maryland because we don’t support charter schools. Despite the financial struggles that all school systems are enduring in these challenging times, Montgomery schools are ranked among the best in the nation, and, by all statistical measures, are the best in the state. Montgomery students don’t need charter schools. They can succeed in their traditional local public schools, and they do, in huge numbers.

A school system as diverse and growing as Montgomery County’s needs every dollar available to maintain these high standards. Taking funds away from the traditional public schools to pay for a few students to attend private-style public charter schools would be a crime, and totally unnecessary, given the high quality of the Montgomery schools.

Marilyn Schuman, Gaithersburg

The writer is a teacher in the Montgomery County schools.