It was with a great deal of sadness that I read a letter by Charles Brown attacking charter schools (R&L, March 3). It reflects an “us” vs. “them” attitude that is harmful to our kids.
Public charter schools are celebrating 20 years in our state and educate 82,000 students with many more on waiting lists. What Mr. Brown seemed to miss is that charters are public schools too. They are tuition-free and open to any North Carolina student. Selection is made on a first come, first serve or lottery basis. Charters are regulated by the state the same as conventional schools. They adhere to different rules, but must meet the same testing standards.