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To the editors:

Re: Ready for Reform by Michael Miner [Hot Type, October 20]

Where has Mr. Miner been? The term "negroes" went out in the 60s. As an African-American woman, I take offense to the term negroes. It was a polite way of saying "niggers." As far as "foreigners" are concerned, we all are with the exception of Native Americans whose numbers were decimated due to the slaughter committed by our government.

Perhaps the old bureaucracy at the Board of Education has been disbanded but a new huge one is being created with different "faces and titles."

The fact that only 2% of the federal budget is for education and 52% to defense has not been addressed. Illinois dropped from 9th place to 44th within ten years in its funding of education. According to the Illinois constitution, it is the responsibility of the state to fund public education.

The reform bill is about big business (which goes hand in hand with big bucks), power and political control. Let's not forget the ever present attempt to privatize public education. As parents, we will go through the motions, but most of us know the name of the game.

Marlene Gibson

W. Thorndale

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