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My Letter to Senator Durbin: RE: Charter Schools

Dear Sen. Durbin,
In your reply to my response on the recent survey question, you said:

That is why I am backing legislation to expand the opportunities of parents to send their kids to Charter Schools. While not the answer to all concerns, Charter Schools in Chicago account for 9 of the top 10 non-selective, public high schools in the city.

You also said,

By giving school principals increased flexibility to hire/fire teachers, add instructional hours and increase school days, Charter Schools offer a way to improve educational performance from within the public school system.

Firstly, this isn't an apples-to-apples comparison, since we don't know whether the charter schools had the same quality of incoming students as the public schools. Most likely they didn't, as the lower graduation rate shows. What statistics are you comparing exactly? Are my eyes privy to those same stats?

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