I wrote this letter to my senator, Ellen Anderson (DFL, District 66), about her deeply-misguided vote on capping Charter Schools:
I’m Mitch Berg. I’m a constituent of yours. And while I’m not only a Republican, a talk show host (at AM1280), a conservative blogger (www.shotinthedark.info) and a member of Concealed Carry Reform Now, I’ll have you know that you are (but for Randy Kelly and Norm Coleman) the only DFLer I’ve voted for in the past 20 years (once, and based entirely on your constituent service record; while I agree with you on nearly nothing, you are indeed excellent at that).
However, I need to talk about your vote on capping Charter Schools. Since you have spent so much of your political career as an advocate for children, I urge you to reconsider your very intensely misguided vote.
I pulled both of my children out of the Saint Paul Public Schools last year; with my daughter, they were merely incompetent. With my son, I’d call the situation more akin to child abuse.
I enrolled them both in charter schools. Freed from the absurd, Helleresque approach of the public schools, both have blossomed – my daughter’s GPA zoomed from 1.2 to 3.4 in one semester.
I’m like a shocking number of parents who, disgusted by the institutional inertia of the public schools (many of them immigrants and minorities, for whom good education is a pathway out of poverty) have seceded from the public schools FOR OUR CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL, INTELLECTUAL SURVIVAL.
I would *like* you to reconsider and renounce your vote on this subject. Absent that fantasy, I’d like to know your rationale for this vote.
I think I do, actually – you, like most of the DFL, are utterly beholden to the teacher’s union. Your assistant said it might have had something to do with “oversight”, which is absurd, since nearly no public school would survive according the standards that charters must meet!
At any rate, I look forward to hearing from you and/or your staff.
Minnehaha at Pascal.
I’ll keep you posted.