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[Susan notes: Just because we know the Post and the New York Times don't publish criticism of their editorial policy doesn't mean we should write, pointing out the error of their ways.]

Submitted to Washington Post but not published

To the editor

Editorially, the Washington Post is as wrong-headed about education reform as it was about going to war in Iraq.

The latest example is Jo-Ann Armao's Post Partisan excerpt on April 18 in which she claims "incorrectly" that American public education is broken and teacher unions are to blame, and then she promotes (again) charter schools and abolishment of tenure as the fix.

Just as the Post bought in to manufactured intelligence alleging WMD in Iraq to substantiate the case for war, Armao subscribes to flimsy research on New York city charter schools to buttress her push for more charters in the District and elsewhere. And if unions impede student learning, how does Armao explain high achievement in many strong union states (Maryland and Massachusetts come to mind), and bottom-of-the-barrel achievement where unions are weak or non-existent (the deep South, for example)?

Propagandizing on the basis of little or no evidence such may be acceptable practice at Fox News, but Post readers deserve better.

Mark Crockett

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