There are families in New York City that are trying to get 50,000 kids out of union-controlled public schools and into charters ["Tax credit can help families," Editorial, June 8].

Many inner-city families that can afford the tuition already send their children to Catholic schools in neighborhoods with bad public schools -- and many more would do so with a little help with the cost.

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Why do we pay average per-pupil costs of nearly $20,000 for terrible schools? If the answer is saving teachers' jobs, no matter how bad the student outcome, that is wrong.

Raise the cap on charters, and pass the tuition tax credit.

Andrea Vecchio, East Islip

Editor's note: The writer is an activist with the taxpayer groups East Islip TaxPAC and Long Islanders for Educational Reform.