New Bedford Standard Times
Letter to the Editor
December 18, 2011
To the Editor:
The New Bedford teachers union (Charter schools "lose" too many students - December 14) trots out tired and unfounded arguments in its criticism of New Bedford’s Global Learning Charter Public School.
I wonder why the union takes so much time and energy to fight a successful school rather than work collaboratively with hard working educators who want to improve education for all New Bedford children? Global Learning has a strong record of academic achievement and ranks among the top performing schools in the district.
It’s true the teachers who teach there are not members of the union. But the school is a public school, open to all children from all backgrounds. Its enrollment is determined by lottery so every family has an equal chance to enroll their children. The children who learn there are public school children and they live in the community. Their parents pay taxes to support public education and they have made a choice they feel is in the best interest of their children. Why is the union trying to make educational decisions for all New Bedford parents?
The time to fight the existence of charter public schools has passed. Cities like Boston are embracing the innovations charters have adopted and are working collaboratively with us to improve educational outcomes for all children.
Last year, the Legislature approved legislation allowing charters to double the number of students we can educate in low-performing school districts like New Bedford. The MCPSA has launched an initiative focused on expanding charters in Gateway Cities like New Bedford. We look forward to working with parents and community leaders in the city to offer more educational options for New Bedford families.
Massachusetts Charter Public School Association