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Letter: Stop promoting mythical advantages of charter schools

Letter: Stop promoting mythical advantages of charter schools

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Kindergarteners count to 100 while pretending to be airplanes

Kindergarteners Zayion Hollins, 6, left, and Cianna Ramos, 5, pretend to fly an airplane as they shout out loud counting to 100 alongside their teacher Lynn Ludwig on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at Arch Community School. Ludwig challenges her students with a new balance or movement exercise at every new start set of ten numbers. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

Regarding "City schools in turmoil: District closes buildings, charters open" (Feb. 8): Just like every summer when Jason Voorhees is resurrected and terrorizes Camp Crystal Lake in the "Friday the 13th" movies, each January, charter school proponents exhume their long-disproven propaganda and do a zombie trek to Jefferson City.

Even though 40% of the original 39 charter schools failed in the first 10 years, and their schools continue failing at an unacceptable rate, charter proponents deceitfully tell us how those schools are the solution for Missouri’s educational needs.

My concerns over charter schools include whether they are still culling children with behavioral problems and not serving resource-intensive disabled children. Are they serving the homeless community as much as the St. Louis Public Schools are? And do they have a new teaching method or innovative curriculum for struggling children?

In my opinion, charter schools have nothing new to show public school teachers who take all comers. It is time for the zombies to take a hike back to the graveyard.

Carl Peterson • Troy, Ill. 

Former president of the Ferguson-Florissant School District 

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