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Letter: Charter schools are held as accountable as public ones

Letter: Charter schools are held as accountable as public ones

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Regarding "Editorial: State money shouldn't flow to private entity using questionable tactics" (April 22): As the chair of the board of Eagle College Prep Charter Schools in south St. Louis, I wish to clarify some commonly voiced concerns raised about charter schools. Our school is up for charter renewal in 2023, and we will be expected to meet the same academic performance standards as any public school district. In addition, we have had to meet the enhanced health and safety requirements set in place by the acting St. Louis health director, Dr. Fredrick Echols. Nevertheless, all of our students will be back in their classrooms in May, joining their fellow classmates with special needs, who have been in school for more than a month.

In addition to state accountability expectations, we have a legal performance contract with our sponsor, the University of Missouri, that sets specific academic, financial and operational goals. And you cannot get more accountable to residents of the city, since no family has to send their children to our schools. Parents vote for us by enrolling their children.

Judith Meyer • St. Louis

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