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[Susan notes: Short and direct, the writer makes an excellent point. ]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

The four letters on Jan. 10 defending the mixed record of New York's new small high schools miss a larger point. When small schools are carved out of larger schools, thousands of students - often the most at risk - are transferred into already overcrowded large high schools, causing a net decrease in educational quality citywide and an increase in unsafe conditions.

This practice of "educational triage" has been criticized by parents elected to the citywide Council on High Schools. Precipitous creation of small high schools may be a good sound bite for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's re-election campaign, but it has hurt the majority of students.

The writer is vice president of the Council on High Schools.

David C. Bloomfield

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