My first year of teaching was at a Catholic high school with a fair proportion of low-income students who were not Catholic ["Rally draws charter advocates," News, March 5].

Why did their parents pay tuition on top of school taxes? Was it to get their kids away from "ineffective" teachers in the "failing" public school?

No. It was to get their kids away from their fellow students because they were a bad influence. Evaluate teachers all you want. No one will fix education who doesn't get this.

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Patrick Flynn, Wading River

Editor's note: The writer is retired from William Floyd High School.