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There was an interesting letter to the editor in our local paper today which I 
think has a bearing on the " if we could pick our student's issue" The writer was 
commenting on a column by Leonard Pitts "Charter schools expect students to do well 
, and the do"  The writer of the letter pointed out that the one thing that Pitts 
missed in his column was the parent factor. He suggested that it was more likely 
that parents who had moved their kids to charter ( or private ) school were more 
likely as a whole to value education and be involved in their child's education. 
Not to say that their aren't parents whose kids are in public schools who are 
concerend and interested but that as a percentage you would be likely to find more 
of this type of parent in a "chosen" school setting ( my interpretation) We all 
know how important parent involvement is, how the kids who need it most have the 
least and I think that the letter writers take my help us to understand why we feel 
that these
 schools get to pick and choose-- in this respect they do. Darlene

Darlene Yasick
Media Specialist
Hopkins (MI) High School

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