Item: Charter schools hurt public education/Sheri Thomas, Idaho Statesman
More Info: The year of 2008 marked the 10th anniversary of charter schools in Idaho. Charter schools were intended to be a pilot program in the public school system. They receive public tax dollars just like our public schools, but they are anything but public. The idea of putting competition into a tax-funded program is like having prisons advertise for better accommodations. Charter schools were brought about after vouchers - for tax dollars to go toward private school tuitions - did not pass the federal or state governments. Now it is time to focus on one educational system and not turn education into a business. Our future as a great country depends on it.
Question: Do charter schools hurt or help public education?