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[Susan notes: I'm surprised they printed such a strong letter. Several very good, caustic lines here, not to mention the fact that the writer makes good points.]

Published in The Detroit News

To the editor

Keep Duncan out of Detroit school issues

I hope our state legislators and others ignore the wish of Arne Duncan, the federal secretary of education, that Michigan grant state-appointed Emergency Financial Manger Robert Bobb control over the Detroit school district's academic affairs ("Education secretary says Robert Bobb is a 'breath of fresh air,'" Feb. 5).

Clearly this intervention into our state's oversight of public education is out of order. It also denotes contempt for the right of voters to elect public school boards.

Duncan's desire to be Bobb's publicist reveals how politics, not substance, again rears its ugly head whenever education is an issue for students in the city. Clearly Bobb does not have the academic credentials to run any academic programs in the Detroit Public Schools.

Arne Duncan should stick to taking photos with the president and refrain from giving endorsements on matters on which he has no standing. Duncan is not a kingmaker. Designating Bobb as a messiah with divine powers is not the role of our secretary of education.

Greg Thrashe

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