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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Speaking out on charter schools

NEWTON

Sheila Decter of Newton gives a failing grade to a recent Globe editorial which asserted that a new state report showed charter schools doing generally better than public schools.

"What is remarkable after more than 10 years and $1 billion is not the success of charter schools but the absence of educational breakthroughs," she writes in a letter to the editor today. "What we know now is what we knew a decade ago: Greater parental involvement, safer schools, and smaller classes are all cornerstones of academic success. To assert that diverting scarce resources to charter schools has borne broad benefits is a mistake."

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