Letters and Opinion

Editorial unfairly portrayed schools

November 21, 2009

[The Nov. 9 editorial] was the most offensive, mean-spirited, inaccurate and biased piece of muckraking I’ve seen in 20 years as an IBJ reader. Does the author really believe the implicit message that all schools, administrators and boards are incompetent and evil? How else to interpret “voters fed up ... little patience … boneheaded and wasteful … high-salaried superintendents, opulent buildings ... not take tax dollars for granted ... willingness to be fiscally responsible ... making fewer threats ... trim fat ... made some poor financial decisions ... wants a bailout?”

We all want to see schools make wise financial decisions based upon costs and benefits, deliver improved and measurable results, exhibit transparency, embrace accountability, innovate, benchmark and employ best practices.

I encourage IBJ to dedicate its journalists’ time to covering the specific steps taken (or not) by local schools, the state and the teaching profession to improve education. Demonizing schools in a broad-brush fashion helps no one.

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Tom Kapostasy

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