Re: “Tacoma board fears charter school drain” (TNT, 9-27).
In the 1980s, Tacoma used to be the Nordstrom of education in Washington. Tacoma had Lincoln Tree Farm, Metro Parks Work Crew, Region V Learning Center, Central Latino, Urban League, Foss Yard Buster and Tone School.
Where are they? All closed and being replaced by charter schools.
In addition, the middle school system has failed. For years, hundreds of parents have been asking for the return of the junior high system of seventh through ninth grades and for varsity/junior varsity sports, wood/metal shop, drafting classes and activities to keep students in …