Jones & Arthur Levine. Newsday. 4/19/2005.
Think back to your years in school. If you were fortunate, there was a teacher who made you excited about what you were learning, who gave you the sense - perhaps for the first time - that you could do more than you thought, who may even have inspired you to choose a particular calling. Far too many schoolchildren in New York City have never been exposed to such a teacher. That is why the report issued last week by the Commission on CFE [Campaign for Fiscal Equity] Implementation - an independent body created by the City Council to recommend how to spend billions of additional dollars in court-ordered school funding - is animated by one central idea: School reform in the city cannot succeed until each and every child has an excellent teacher. Not a competent or even a very good teacher, but an excellent teacher