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[Susan notes: Three cheers for Susan, for exposing the conflict of interest that escapes every journalist's attention.]

Published in Education Week

To the editor

Your article "'Right' Instruction Helps Poor Readers' Brains, Study Says" (April 28, 2004) reports a new "brain glitch" study by, among others, G. Reid Lyon, the presidentís "reading czar," the man behind the National Reading Panelís scandalously unscientific report, and the virtual author of the federal Reading First program. Through his position as the chief of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Developmentís child-development and - behavior branch, he not only co-wrote the study; he also funded it. This conflict of interest doesnít seem to bother Education Week. Doesnít it bother anyone else?


Susan Harman, Principal, Growing Children Charter School

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