By Rep. Eddie Farnsworth /opinion contributor | The Arizona Republic
Opinion: I must take issue with recent articles and columns about Benjamin Franklin Charter School. They were grossly exaggerated. (Editor’s note:Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.)
I believe Arizona’s charter schools are one of the state’s great success stories. Test scores suggest as much as do national and state rankings.
I am a conservative Republican. I believe in school choice and the help it can provide parents and students. I am also a strong believer in the free market and capitalism.
I am the owner of Benjamin Franklin Charter School. In existence for more than 20 years, we provide an excellent education for more than 3,000 students with a 96 percent graduation rate. We do so with fewer costs and greater effectiveness than our district school counterparts. We believe this should be applauded not criticized.
I am a state legislator. I often take strong stands on issues. No matter whether one agrees or disagrees with me, I think all would say I serve the public with great integrity.