The fact that Basis schools are expanding rapidly due to parental demand belies the impression that the kids are "drowning in schoolwork" (it takes hard work to excel), "most struggled" (why then the large demand to get in? Many apparently believe that struggle is actually good for character growth -- this writer included), "couldn't keep up" (why are they delivering such a good outcome that is attracting such heavy demand? )

Obviously, these schools aren't going to be perfect for everyone. Students are not "one size fits all." If a parent is dissatisfied for whatever reason, I'm sure he is very glad to have the freedom of choice to have his child attend another type of school. Can he just imagine how distressing it would be if, like the public school monopoly, certain bureaucrats decreed that his children will stay at this school because they've determined that it is the best way to educate them?

The public school system has been doing this to families for generations, and this, despite very poor outcomes. Time to break the public school monopoly and provide alternatives. Time to give parents the choice to decide what's best for their own children. The free market can be trusted to provide the needs of a very disparate population of students that can no longer be adequately accommodated by "one size fits all."

TONI SYKORA

Tempe and Flagstaff

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