New York Times. 6/26/2002.

City School Financing

To the Editor:

I wonder whether a middle-school education and preparation for a minimum-wage job is good enough for the children of the state appeals court justices who ruled that that is all New York is obligated to provide ("Court Reverses Finance Ruling on City Schools," front page, June 26). This ruling is completely out of step with what the public wants and what New York City students deserve. It must be reversed.

At a time when we're seeing real student progress and pressure to prepare students even better, now is not the time to backpedal and conclude that an eighth-grade education is good enough. It's not good enough now, and it never will be.
SANDRA FELDMAN
President
American Federation of Teachers
Washington, June 26, 2002
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To the Editor:

I worry when school financing is determined by a minimum legal requirement ("Court Reverses Finance Ruling on City Schools," front page, June 26).

The people who are now in school will define the world I live in during my retirement, and will produce the goods and services that my retirement funds will buy. If these people are not competent to deal with 21st-century technology, politics and economics, the quality of my life (and yours) will be impaired.
MARTIN B. BRILLIANT
Holmdel, N.J., June 26, 2002