“Why so much concern about charter schools?” (Our Views, Aug. 6), pointing out the foolish inconsistencies of Jenks schools Superintendent Kirby Lehman's complaints against public charter schools, was spot on. All the details you provided create a clear picture of the reality for most charter schools in Oklahoma and nationwide: structural and financial disadvantages when compared to traditional public schools. Yet many charter schools manage to educate their students better than their sister public non-charter schools. Taxpayers, parents and lawmakers ought to start asking why.
Lehman's over-the-top reaction indicates part of the problem is that government school leaders believe they deserve support despite generally mediocre performance.
Joy Pullmann, Chicago, Ill.
Pullman is an education research fellow at the Heartland Institute in Chicago.
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