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[Susan notes: Solid points concisely stated.]

Published in Detroit News

To the editor

A recent article and editorial described high school MEAP scores decreasing. Suggestions were made to require additional classes or standardize curriculum in high schools ("Fewer Michigan students excel at math, science," July 10; "Time to end the la-di-da approach to public education," July 11).

Consider the root causes of the problem. First, our state has been disinvesting in education for approximately five years -- the time when the scores have dropped. Second, isn't it too late to fix things when students reach high school? Finally, districts forced to make choices must sustain successful schools and programs. The Detroit school closings were necessary given the district's financial condition, but why was a school as successful as Stewart Elementary closed?

If we want our kids to excel down the road in high school, we should start by copying elementary schools like Stewart Elementary, not closing them.

Michael Misovich

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