-- JOHN FAULKNER, Richland
Why shouldn't parents and children have options instead of sometimes being forced to attend a school where the student's education takes a backseat to job protection for the teacher. One can ignore this fact, but it doesn't change the truth. Charter schools might provide some refreshing competition, at least for awhile.
When it reaches the point where teachers can't be terminated and students under their tutoring continue to underachieve, then this is where the teachers union has become too powerful. A balance between the rights of the student and rights of the teacher must be achieved.
Observing teacher strikes over the years, one is made to wonder who is more important, the teacher or the student? A case in point is the recent teacher strike in Chicago.
Have you ever questioned why presidents and legislators send their children to schools other than public schools for educational purposes? Or wondered why some parents send their children to private schools if they can afford to?