Letters to the Editor

Charter schools aren't a true fix

Recently, the Mirror published a letter from a person who signed himself as living in Seattle. This person stated that Federal Way families are solidly in support of charter schools. In my case, as a Federal Way resident, nothing could be further from the truth.

Choosing charter schools is nothing more than a cut-and-run tactic. Charter school supporters haven’t the stomach to do what it takes to fix the problem in the public school system because many of them are afraid the fixing will remove them from their gravy-train jobs.

It is well-known, by people who can read and pay attention, that charter schools are no better than public schools. Therefore, supporters of them have a hidden agenda.

Fixing the public school system will require broad strokes, such as removal of the hide-bound, tenured incumbent administrators and breaking the Washington Education Association union. Until you take out the trash, trash is what you’ll have, and I’ll never support the creation of a charter school anywhere, let alone in Federal Way.

Jeffrey R. Smith

Federal Way

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