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[Susan notes: Of course I'm flattered that Billee Bussard included me in such distintiguished company. But more important, is nailing these fellows to the wall for their shoddy, superficial, soundbite coverage of serious education issues.]

Submitted to CNN: Anderson Cooper but not published

To the editor

I am a semi-retired journalist (age 60), who normally gives Anderson Cooper high marks for his reporting. But when it comes to reporting on education he, like too many TV reporters, barely scratches the surface to get at the heart of the story. Tonight he showed deteriorating schools in Washington, D.C., portraying schools as failures. If he took the time to probe deeper he would find the blame for "failure" rests with powerful interests who have fought paying taxes to provide modern schools, or folks who over the last 30 years worked against building public schools because of their investments in "virtual" school companies, or who support school privatization. The Oprah show also looks at the education issue and problems very superficially. Any comprehensive, "in-depth" analysis, should include commentary from author Gerald Bracey [Alexandria, Va., (703) 317-1716]; or author Susan Ohanian [contact her at susano@gmavt.net] or David Berliner at Arizona State University [berliner@asu.edu), whose comprehensive research on the links between poverty and education achievement have largely been ignored by the media. More than anyone, the media has failed our schools with their newslite/soundbite reporting on public schools.

Billee Bussard

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