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    Filed at 12:06 pm under by dcobranchi

    An anti-charter letter in the New York Times scores points for the wrong team:

    To the Editor:

    Deep inside your Aug. 17 front-page article about charter schools is the most tragic part. In Los Angeles, 10,000 students on 60 campuses are without a school just two weeks before the school year begins because of the for-profit California Charter Academy’s financial problems.

    When was the last time your local public school announced in late August that it wasn’t opening and you had better find another school?

    There is a reason we shouldn’t turn over essential public services to the free market.

    Max Page
    Amherst, Mass., Aug. 17, 2004

    Yeah- of course local g-schools never close. They don’t have to, no matter how poorly they perform. That’s kind of the whole point to school choice, isn’t it?

    UPDATE: What a screw-up! I somehow copied the wrong letter. It’s fixed now.

    2 Responses to “INADVERTANTLY FUNNY”

    Comment by
    August 20th, 2004
    at 12:12 pm

    Hey, Northampton! Only ten miles from Amherst, MA; my old stomping grounds.

    Comment by
    Skip Oliva
    August 20th, 2004
    at 10:14 pm

    The critical phrase in that letter is “two weeks before the school year begins”. If a school closes, that doesn’t mean students will be without a school indefinitely, although perhaps they will start the “school year” somewhat later than other g-school students. It’s not a market failure when the *government* is deciding the standards. In theory, a school could begin its academic year whenever it chooses. Universities often start schools at different times (and often on different calendars.)