Charter schools needed in city

Anthony Nannetti (letter, "Charters are a drain," May 28) says charter schools "skim from the top of the pool and get to play by a different set of rules."

The Philadelphia School District fails to remove disruptive students and ignores most rules mandated by the state.

Parents who are concerned about their children generally don't send their kids to neighborhood schools, if they can afford parochial or charter schools.

Charter schools exist simply because the alternative is NO alternative. When the Philadelphia School District has some accountability and improves its fifty-percent graduation rate, then we may see charter schools close up.

Until then, charter schools provide an alternative to disaster: The Philly Public School System.

Jan Sklaroff