Charter schools are often among the most successful schools in their respective communities, as was just reported in Colorado, for example. At the very least, charter schools offer parents more choices than do the failing government-monopoly public schools. So who could possibly object to charter schools? The keys to the success of charter schools are: (a) independence from the government monopoly school administrators and the teacher unions, along with (b) parental choice and competition. Therefore exactly three groups of people object to charter schools:
 Incompetent and/or power-hungry public school teachers and bureaucrats, who feel threatened and/or offended by the thought of independent schools succeeding where government-monopoly schools have failed.
 Teacher union officials and their lackey politicians who see the unions' revenues and political power declining as the best teachers opt out of the stultifying govenment-monopoly / teacher union schools for more satisfying careers in independently-run schools.
 Lunatic-fringe ideologues who cling to the Stalinist fantasy that government monopolies can deliver services more successfully than can independent organizations that are accountable to consumers.
Today's Seattle Times published 3 letters to the editor from people who are opposed to charter schools. The three letter writers personified categories  and  above: Deanna Chew-Freidenberg, who believes that privatization and consumer choice are morally wrong. Trevor Griffey, erstwhile campaign manager of Green Party congressional candidate Joe Szwaja ( ran against Jim McDermott from the left). And Catherine Ahl, a teacher union lackey school board member from Kitsap County.
These people are all entitled to their opinions, of course. It just strikes me as creepy that they would spend their free time writing letters to newspapers in order to prevent other people from winning the freedom to make important choices for their children.Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at December 27, 2003 03:22 PM