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[Susan notes: This letter is so to the point it inspired me to go look up the history (posted elsewhere).]

Published in Miami Herald

To the editor

The crude and racist invective that state Rep. Ralph Arza is accused of using against Miami-Dade Public Schools chief Rudy Crew is just part of the campaign to undermine the county's public schools.

As the man who carries water here for the Bush education agenda, Arza is bitter and frustrated with defeats suffered in his hometown. Miami Edison High School remains public and open. Miami Central High and Holmes Elementary are still open and public, too. The class-size amendment remains in force thanks mostly to Miami's state senators and the growing influence of the United Teachers of Dade. Miami-Dade is the seat of growing resistance to FCAT testing, school vouchers and merit pay for teachers.

When it became clear that Crew would not embrace Arza's ''destroy what's there'' agenda, Arza signaled to his allies on the School Board and in the school administration that defiance and obstruction would drive Crew out of town. Elements of the district are in open rebellion against Crew's leadership. Clearly, the thing that has sent the ''education guru'' over the edge is that Crew is still standing and still in charge in Miami-Dade Public Schools.

Paul A. Moore

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