I have been reading with much interest the letters to the editor regarding the MarylandCAN organization ("Misunderstanding charter schools," June 8). Some parents blasted it and a member of the other side defended it. However, in my mind, the most interesting part of the debate was when letter writer Dave Ross wrote "throwing around buzzwords that to some have a negative connotation like 'pro-corporate,' 'hedge fund' and 'pro-privatization' not only is misleading but it is unhelpful in facilitating a productive discussion about how to improve the public education landscape for Baltimore City children."
I'd like to ask both sides of this discussion who they think ends up "facilitating" the actual funds that pay for the public schools in the first place? How can "pro-corporate" actually have a negative connotation when it is the corporations who pay taxes and employ the individuals who, in turn, pay their taxes that end up paying for public education?
Both sides ought to be not only acknowledging the debt that public education and its participants actually owe to corporations (including hedge funds) but down on their knees thanking them for continuing to do so. What a bunch of hypocrites.
Paula Fargo, Reisterstown
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