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[Susan notes: Great letter! I just wish he'd put "provide a living wage to the working class" in his list of what the wealthy should do for public schools.]

Published in New York Times
01/03/2006

To the editor

While I appreciate the efforts of philanthropists to donate money to the public schools, their contributions will affect only a small group of students, most of them marginally.



I would much prefer that they use their considerable financial and "menschy" power to encourage fair tax laws, equitable financing of public schools and national health insurance, among other policies that would greatly improve outcomes for our students and our society.



Public education is not a charity. It is a vital public good and should be financed as such.



David Campbell


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