Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


August 29, 2013

Charter school idea is a `lose-lose'


His blithe “win-win for everybody” comment in the original story, based on “taking 250 students out of the high school” is especially puerile and offensive. Taking $3.2 million out of the budget that serves all students in town and channeling it to an alternative school will not amount to a win-win. It will amount to a lose-lose, as parents of Andover Public Schools students will see a decline in district performance and tax-paying homeowners will notice a decline in the resale value of their properties as a direct result. Nobody picks the community they choose to live in based on a charter school location.

If bringing a charter school to Andover is your new passion, David, please pursue it. Just not as a board member whose sole focus should be to increase the excellence of the schools we already have.

Gerry Gustus

5 Fern Road

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