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[Susan notes: The letter writer, a Massachusetts teacher, nails the standardisto Boston Globe on a clear inpropriety in choice of book reviewers.]

Submitted to Boston Globe but not published
11/02/2003

To the Ombudsman



Today, the Ideas section ran a favorable review of Abigail Thernstrom's new book on school reform and the race gap. Last week, the Idea section

gave Ms. Thernstom a generous amount of space to expound her views The author of the review is identified as a former Boston public school

teacher and mentor to new principals. But this was not a full disclosure.



Would it not have been relevant to more fully identify him as the husband of Rhoda Schneider, chief legal counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Education, who was briefly acting Commissioner?



Even more important is why the book editor would invite someone to write a review who is clearly an acquaintance of Ms. Thernstrom's, and,

officially, one of her employees.



Would you agree that that there is an ethical problem here? I am very interested in your response.



I would appreciate it if you could also share this letter with the book editor.



Bill Schechter


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