Letter to the Editor: School Choice

Amid the growing debate on the charter school, one local tells Holly Springs Patch what she thinks.

Dear Editor,
It is time for everyone to take a step back and evaluate the opposition to the charter school.  The biggest thing we are hearing is the school is taking local funds away from the school districted to them by their zip code.  My concern and question is this:  The biggest and angriest voices seem to be from Cherokee County employees and teachers and yet these very same employees and teachers are the one that request and usually get to place THEIR OWN CHILDREN in whichever school they prefer.  The child of a teacher or county employee can go with them to the school they teach in or work closest to or better suits their own needs.  How ironic is that?  The very people screaming the loudest are doing the very same thing that parents of the charter school are being accused of doing.  Placing their needs and the needs of their children first.  Only the charter school parents do not work for the county, and therefore, cannot just file a simple request and poof its done.  I strongly suggest we take a look at our own actions before casting stones at others.  So if it is not okay to have a charter school and not okay to put the child's education and needs first then all county employees, teachers and all others who have their children for whatever reason going to a school other than the school districted to them by their zip code need to have to put their children in their districted school.  Period.  Final Answer.

"Since there is no such entity as 'the public,' since the public is merely a number of individuals, the idea that 'the public interest' supersedes private interests and rights can have but one meaning: that the interests and rights of some individuals take precedence over the interests and rights of others." – Ayn Rand

Marci Gambino

Southdem March 20, 2012 at 05:03 PM
When teachers bring their children to attend the same school in which they teach it doesn't take money out of the local system. Setting up a private in all but name charter school and funding it wth public tax money does defund the local system, much as Chip Rogers and his henchmen would like to deny it. Its shameful.
KELLI March 20, 2012 at 06:33 PM
TO: Ryn, and the Editor: If you worked for a public school who's funds are being cut to pay for experimental charter schools you may feel differently... I don't think you realize that the cutting of public school funds means cuts to the number of teachers and the number of school employees in general - and cuts to their paychecks (now causing furlow days - meaning forced unpaid days off) in turn making the employees underpaid and overworked... If this is fine with you than I hope your employer does this to you so you too can feel the pain of public school budget cuts to fund unnecessary charter schools! K. Hillman
Cheryl March 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM
It doesn't make an impact on funds for the local school system. Also, your Ayn Rand quote could be used in an arguement against the charter school ammendment.


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