A Letter to John Oliver from Boys’ Latin Charter School Co-Founder Janine Yass:
I have been an avid fan of yours for quite some time now and have come close to laughing so hard during your program that I start to cry. But last night I watched your rant about charter schools and found myself crying, not because of your humor, but for the thousands of families who will have to pay for your ignorance and insensitivity toward the education of their children.
I have been involved in education reform for over 15 years in the poor city of Philadelphia where over 40,000 children are on charter school waiting lists to escape the horrendous public school system. In Philly, if you do not have the means to either pay for private school, test into a magnet school, or be accepted at a charter school, the chance of graduating high school in four years on grade level is less than 40 percent. Unfortunately, the vast majority of kids cannot afford private schools or test into magnet schools.
As a founder of Boys’ Latin Charter School, I have seen the desperation of parents and their tearful gratitude for giving their boys the kind of education that I believe is a civil right. We are proud of our results and are proud supporters of many high quality charters. Yes, bad ones should close, but what about the bad public schools that continue to operate half full with no teaching going on?!
No one is forcing parents to go to charters! Charter operators are responding to the demand of dissatisfied parents who have been underserved by the public system for decades. They are not the evil corporate devils you made them out to be. I live for