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[Excerpt] Everyone loves a choice. It is empowering. Whether that is what restaurant to eat at, where to go for spring break, or what beverage to drink. The same idea applies when it comes to education. Every parent wants the best for their child so, naturally, they will choose to send their kid to the best school. The characteristics of a good school typically stem from whether the school is located in an economically advantaged location or not. Lately, charter schools have been a popular trend in education. Unfortunately, the funding of new charter schools has taken away funding from already poor public schools. Not only that but the intentions of charter schools have strayed off their original path. Instead of supporting underperforming students, they have been overrun by private management who are money hungry and competitive to be the best. Financial mismanagement, selective enrollment, and competition for success have distracted the education system from the real goal: student learning and success. In what follows, I will discuss the impacts of charter schools and why they cause more harm than good in our American education system.