Response to Los Angeles Times Op-ed by Diane Ravitch: "The charter school mistake"

October 2, 2013

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On October 1, the Los Angeles Times published an op-ed, The charter school mistake, written by Diane Ravitch author of a new book "Reign of Error." CCSA wrote the following letter to the editor in response.

To say I am disappointed by the recent op-ed by Diane Ravitch is an understatement. Many of her assertions regarding charter schools are inaccurate and offensive to the parents and educators who have created some amazing charters. The fact remains: LA parents are choosing charter schools in high numbers that are producing academic results for students.

As independent, tuition-free public schools, charters disproportionately serve low-income students incredibly well. Charters are accountable to taxpayers, the state and federal government for results. And as student performance improves statewide, parents and communities demand more charters open to serve more students, evidenced by the 50,000 families on waiting lists.

Many charters have found the secrets to success for their students. I invite Ms. Ravitch to talk with charter parents and visit the outstanding schools their children attend. Maybe then she'll better understand how charters are addressing the needs of students and families in LA.

Jed Wallace
President and CEO
California Charter Schools Association

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