The April 21 editorial “Give charters their due” suggested that D.C. public charter schools receive increased funding to match that of traditional public schools, in part because students at charter schools are outperforming those at traditional schools. However, The Post reported in January on one possible cause of this increased performance: Charter schools are expelling students at a far higher rate than are traditional schools, returning these students to the traditional public school system, where they struggled before.
Isn’t a primary goal of charter schools to provide an alternative education for these students? It’s curious that The Post would conclude that charter schools deserve more funding when it might be more appropriate to impose financial penalties if these schools are in the practice of expelling students they fail to help.
Frank Stearns, Washington