Los Angeles Wave Response: Charters are Public Schools, Open to All

September 7, 2011

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Re: LAUSD's 'unjust' approach to charter schools in South L.A (Sept. 6, 2011)

I am writing in response to a recent opinion piece by Emily Walker that referred to charter schools as "businesses, designed to make profits."

This is just simply not true. Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that are open to all students who apply and they are very much a part of our public education system.

Charter schools aren't growing for the sake of growth. They have opened in direct response to demand from parents who are looking for better educational options for their children. Many charter schools in south Los Angeles have long waiting lists, which shows the incredible level of community support for the programs they offer for students.

Charter schools in Los Angeles are partners with the district and the broader community in improving our public schools. We all share the same goal - for all students to have access to a high-quality public education. Parents can find out more about charter schools in their area at www.calcharters.org.

Sara Hernandez
Director, Policy and Advocacy, Los Angeles
California Charter Schools Association

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