I appreciate Marty Walsh making BPS and education the centerpiece of his speech and his call for less divisive rhetoric. I also appreciate the parents like Heshan Weeramuni who rallied for BPS funding last night. I see a lot of good people at work. At the same time, nothing will be solved if we continue the toxic debate where one side demonizes and blames charter schools for all that ails BPS and the other side simply calls for a cap lift and doesn't understand the great difference BPS makes every day.
If we want to solve this, parents from BPS and charters need to work together. We need to recognize that an honest discussion about BPS's budget has to include a lot more than just a discussion about charter funding. You can't solve BPS's issues if you don't have an honest discussion about the costs tied to facilities issues, empty seats, the contract, and transportation.