I think the Nova charter school controversy exposes a 
dark side of the whole charter school movement. The
articles I've read indicate that a desire on the part
of an influential parent group to provide what they
term a "classical Christian" education is at the heart
of the matter. They want a sectarian school funded
with public monies. Other charter schools are designed
to attract students of particular ethnic backgrounds. 

Charter schools may do some good (though some studies
have concluded they don't produce results better than
ordinary public schools). However, they also seem to
be engaged in segregating students on the basis of
religion and ethnicity, exactly what we've fought so
hard to remove from the public school system.

Is that what the charter school movement is really all
about? Segregation?   

Charlie Swope
St. Paul
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