From the buffalo news....
I'm writing in response to the Aug. 12 News article about charter schools in Buffalo. Unfortunately, while they are a good alternative to public schools, financially they are like leeches that slowly bleed money out of the education system. Most people in the area are well aware that Buffalo is in dire financial straits and does not have adequate funding to pay for its schools. In this sense, opening charter schools that cater to the needs of the few at the expense of many just does not make sense.
Many children in Buffalo are from poor families. They need to be given every opportunity possible so that they may one day become productive adults who contribute to their community. Unfortunately, there are many families whose kids will never get the extra advantage that is offered by the charter schools because of ignorance, apathy or failure to gain admission. We need to look out for the kids who fall through the cracks. They are all part of Buffalo's future. Giving all of our children a decent education is one way that we can make sure that these kids get put on the path out of poverty.
If our economic situation were different, I would support the idea of charter schools. But right now, we cannot afford to drain the education system of money in order to cater to a select few.
This guy sure does do a good job scaring people. "select few" and "leeches"??? please. This guy is a Buffalo Teachers Union plant for sure. Can't have anything threatening the labor monopoly! That might result in CHANGE! And, that must be avoided at all costs.....