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Thank you very much for taking the time to write this, Nic. As we research low-cost private school options and other models to support in South and east Africa, equity has been a great concern of mine. As a US citizen I'm all too familiar with how charter schools have "served" our population, excluding people with special needs and "proving" that government schools don't work--by taking out the most motivated students and spending more government money and private capital on them, then isolating the most disadvantaged, reducing the resources available to them, and comparing the two.

At the same time, the task is daunting and it is difficult to ask an individual family to wait while 10-year school reforms are implemented. That family wants a better education for their children right now, and who can blame them?

It's a very tough choice but I do appreciate your comments on this issue. They are helpful.