You can now read 10 articles each month for free on BostonGlobe.com.

The Boston Globe

Letters

Letters | RESISTANCE TO LIFTING CAP ON CHARTER SCHOOLS

We face a gap in opportunity, not achievement

While parents told touching stories of their children’s activities at charter schools at last week’s hearing before the Legislature’s Education Committee, the fact that charter schools do not serve all Massachusetts students was also hammered home (“Charter advocates want cap removed,” Metro, May 8). That we face not an achievement gap but an opportunity gap was made clear when the researcher from Stanford University conceded that the pro-charter report of the school’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes does not control for parent influence.

An involved parent, such as one who carefully selects a school, makes an unmatched difference in a child’s life, and it is misleading for a school of choice to take credit for that boost. To continue to publicly fund a special class of school that is not held accountable for how it treats students, does not pass a public budget, and does not admit all students is outrageous.

Continue reading below

The Commonwealth cannot afford this. We must place a moratorium on charter school expansion.

Tracy O’Connell Novick

Worcester

The writer is a member of the Worcester School Committee.

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than $1 a week