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[Susan notes: The writer makes good use of facts, not that the New York Post editorial department cares. But let's hope readers take note.]

Published in New York Post
05/31/2004

To the editor

By denying over and over that serious research has "ever - ever - found a correlation between funding and student achievement" ("Klein's Kooky Calculation," Editorial, May 24), The Post seems intent on creating its own urban myth.

Is The Post unaware of the classic study of William Sanders in Tennessee on the impact of teacher quality on learning, or the Chicago study of Arthur Reynolds et al. establishing the long-term benefits of preschool programs, to cite just two of many such pieces of serious research?



A rural North Carolina judge concluded in a school-funding case similar to the one unfolding in New York, "Only a fool would find that money does not matter in education."



If he had said "the things money can buy" instead of just "money," would The Post consider him correct?



David Ernst

Director of Research

New York State School

Boards Association

Latham

David Ernst


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