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[Susan notes: Great model for a letter.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

Re "After 100 Days of Poking Around in the Schools, Klein Is Optimistic" (news article, Nov. 27):

You report that Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein, after visiting only a handful of New York City's 1,100 schools, "has seen many signs that the schools are failing" but is confident that the school system can be "turned around."

This sweeping backhand slap at teachers and supervisors is a most inappropriate and self-serving tactic. It ignores the effective and innovative teaching going on in many classrooms across the city.

Mr. Klein must reach out to the schools' staff as much as to parents, community groups and business leaders to put his agenda into effect. After all, teachers and supervisors, on the "front line" in the schools, are the primary agents of change. In the battle to improve education, the commander should rally the troops, not scorn them.

Seymour Spiegel

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