Friday, March 2, 2012

Tell the truth!

The most daunting problem facing Boston is how to improve academic achievement in the city's public schools. This problem has persisted for some time but school reform legislation and MCAS test results have made it more difficult to conceal its magnitude.

Nonetheless, a carefully implemented plan of disinformation has been somewhat successful in mollifying public concern about the issue. Such a strategy had a greater chance for success in Boston because only about 8,736 of the city's 62,400 public school population are white. All the rest are minorities. Consequently, the problem with the schools did not generate an appropriate political backlash for some time.

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