[Susan notes: This is a great letter, pointing to the fact that 'new' small schools are being erected on the graves of existing alternative schools, which were killed to make way for the new deal. This sad story is being repeated across the country, all in the name of "reform."
To the editor
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's plans for education ("Mayor Plans New Education Measures, Including Reshaping 8 Troubled High Schools," news article, Nov. 18) leave me incredulous. In 2002, he dismantled a network of more than 15 alternative high schools, which had graduated thousands of youngsters since the early 1970's; at a cost of millions, he now promises "transfer" high schools - precisely what the old alternative schools were.
Stephen E. Phillips
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