Reforming Schools: What Will It Take?

Your article "Saving our schools" (Cover Story, Sept. 14) and your editorial ("U.S. Schools: Shaking up is hard to do," Sept. 14) made good points, but I fear that your opinions are typical of a great many business attitudes that may do more harm than good. First, you point to the fact that school administrative costs "run to as much as" 50%--a very hard number to swallow--but you fail to mention that national averages for administration are more like 15%. That's very competitive with the management costs of many businesses. Also, it is correct and meaningful to point out the rising costs of education, but isn't it relevant that dropout rates are way down and many new special education programs have been mandated?

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