Re "Charter schools give students a welcome chance at greatness" (Viewpoints, Sept. 27): Nina Rees and Jed Wallace must have misunderstood Diane Ravitch's point in her book "Reign of Error."
Ravitch never said that "fine" schools are good enough. What she points out is that test scores have never been higher than they are today in American public schools. Graduation rates are the highest they've been in years.
Many pro-privatization "reformers" use incomplete data to try to make public schools look as bad as possible in order to make the case that charter schools are the only answer to this "crisis" in public education.
In many of charter schools, not only are some students choosing their schools but schools are choosing their students. Charter schools originally were created to collaborate with public schools to help them solve common problems. But now many of them have become part of a movement to turn education into a consumer product rather than a public responsibility.
-- Nikki Milevsky, President of the Sacramento City Teachers Association, Sacramento