More charters won’t solve what ails our schools

The article “Charter school cap lifted by state” (Page A1, May 8) tells only part of the truth about why the number of charter schools in Massachusetts is about to increase. The article tells us that charters will increase because of high demand from parents. There is no mention of the fact that Massachusetts was one of the 12 winning states in the federal Race to the Top competition, and that to get that money, the state had to agree to lift the cap on charters.

Many of the new charters will appear in low-income communities, where parents yearn for a better education for their children and where MCAS scores remain persistently low. But our schools and scores are not going to improve until we address the issues of rising child poverty and educational funding inequity. Adding new charter schools will not solve the problems that plague our public schools.

Nancy Carlsson-Paige


The writer is professor emerita at Lesley University.

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