THE ISSUE: The role of money in New York City's public-school problems.

In your editorial "Funny Money" (Dec. 1) you suggest the Campaign for Fiscal Equity folks believe more money is all that's needed to fix New York City's public schools.

They want an additional $14 billion because they believe there is a direct and strong correlation between funding and the ability of a local district to fulfill its education mandate.

I live in Washington, D.C., where the city spends more than $11,000 per student, yet we have arguably the worst public schools in the nation.

While funding does provide for schools' necessities, blank checks with no oversight as to how the money is spent does nothing but give you very expensive, very bad schools.

Scott Gould Washington, D.C.