Letters to the editor

To the New York Post, Jan. 9, 2009

To the Editor:

Once again, the New York Post impugns the motives of anyone who questions anything that city schools Chancellor Joel Klein does ("His Master’s Voice," Jan. 8).

In ruling against the chancellor’s unilateral revision of the law governing school leadership teams to give principals the final say on school comprehensive education plans, State Education Department Commissioner Richard Mills simply recognized what is crystal clear in state law: that parents and teachers have a statutory role in the school decision-making process determining children’s education. The real question is: Why did we have to bring this case in the first place?

Parents and teachers want more than anything to improve education and help students succeed. However, as Commissioner Mills noted, education reform should be done with parents and teachers, not to them.

Randi Weingarten, President
United Federation of Teachers
52 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

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