Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Lawmakers question Baltimore County's need for charter school

Jaime Malarkey of The Examiner reports:

... Imagine Discovery, a 415-seat school that will initially offer kindergarten through fourth grade, will be the county’s first charter school when it opens in August. But more than 60 percent of the 760 students who applied for the Woodlawn school currently attend private schools, and some lawmakers said that defeats the purpose of the charter system.

“It’s just providing a free alternative to private school,” said Councilman Vince Gardina. “Charter schools should be designed to address problems at failing and overcapacity public schools. It should be limited to those students.” ... full story

Aren't all public schools free alternatives to private schools?

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