Despite the urgent need for more high-quality schools that provide offerings such as extended-day learning — which public district schools do not — year after year, the Legislature has refused to allow more charter schools to open.
Parents should not have to exhaust their resources, take out loans or work multiple jobs to provide their children with a quality education at private schools.
For most low-income families, charter schools provide the only feasible alternative to poorly performing public district schools.
This pains me as an educator.
It is shameful the Legislature allows so few of our children to escape languishing public district schools for the chance at a high-quality education at a charter school.
Concerned parents can raise the volume and send a clear message to lawmakers this legislative session: Stop standing in the way of parents who are desperate for schools that can offer their children a brighter future.
Lawford Cunningham is the superintendent of Icahn Charter Schools.