[Susan notes: Here's a straightforward letter offering a few facts about admission to New York City charter schools.]
To the editor
In "Scenes From the New York Education Wars" (op-ed, May 10), Joel Klein asserts that Harlem Success Academy "selects its students, mostly poor and minority, by random lottery." Yes, but it is a random lottery among the self-selected. The random lottery is drawn not from among the community at large, but from among those families who make the effort to apply for admission. While this is not an onerous requirement, it does impose a minimal level of commitment and effort that the community's most troubled families would not satisfyÃ¢€”think Mary, the mother portrayed by Mo'Nique in the movie "Precious."
Daniel K. Cooper
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