GUEST COLUMN / Charter schools: Yes, they offer a life raft to urban children

As we approach Election Day, I've been troubled by some of the discussion around Question 2. My hope is you will vote "yes" for charter schools and share this message with family, friends and coworkers.

I have grown passionate about urban education after my wife Liz taught in Atlanta with Teach For America. I saw how bad a bad education can be, with teachers cheating on standardized tests for their kids and where fifth graders could not read. With all due respect to my wife, it was clear how bad the school was when the parents were fighting to have their kids in her class when she had just six weeks of teacher training.

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