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Published in New York Times
01/16/2003

To the editor

Re \"Mayor Sets Plan for Tight Control Over City Schools\" (front page, Jan. 16):

What scares me the most about the sweeping plan by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to transform the New York City school system is that the only proposed measure of success is standardized test scores.

Plainly, all children should be taught certain fundamental skills. But because of biology and environmental factors over which educators have no control, there will inevitably be differences in students\' academic abilities.

A truly sound education system would help each child make the most of his or her unique potential. Unless the mayor\'s plan makes that an affirmative goal and provides recognition for educators who help children in ways not reflected in test scores, the schools will continue to fail many students.

Sylvia Wertheimer


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