As I watched the Alamance County commissioners meeting from March 21 I was very disappointed with Commissioner Bill Lashley’s comments concerning our public schools in Alamance County. After a presentation by a spokesman with intentions of starting a new charter school, Mr. Lashley was complimentary of the charter schools in Alamance County.

Mr. Lashley did a disservice to our hardworking teachers, administrators, support staff, and students when he stated that our public schools are failing. Our public schools are a reflection of our communities and neighborhoods. The success of any child is largely determined by the support system that child has after he leaves the classroom. There are many reasons a child may not have the support system he needs to succeed. My research shows grades of charter vs. public schools are very similar.