May 14, 2013

Regarding the May 10 Metro article “School hybrid proposed in D.C.”:

Many who have admired D.C. Council member David Catania’s (I-At Large) interest in charter schools and education policy will be surprised if he proves unwilling to entertain Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s proposal to merge a charter school and a traditional public school. Questions of oversight and finance are important, of course, and would need to be addressed, but that would be the case with any innovative response to the charter-public school confrontation — as it has become — in the District.

Communication between different parts of the D.C. government has seemed to be in short supply. But a proposal such as this one, which involves both an important matter and two of the city’s most impressive public servants, should not be allowed to perish for want of a common language.

John C. Hirsh, Washington