Not all charter schools are run by for-profit companies. They can be very successful, well-run, community schools. If you want to see what public education can be when run by a community involved charter, check out Lusher School in New Orleans. It is not only the antidote to the horrible pre-Katrina New Orleans school system, it is a model any district could benefit from. It does not take just the best students; it is the public school for that area of New Orleans--and it is fabulous.