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Bush, Clinton, and Education

American education continues to leave the public and the specialists dissatisfied. At the elementary and secondary levels a virtual government monopoly weighted by resistant entrenched unions opposes suggestions introducing a market economy in education. When vouchers for alternative education (private secular, religious, or home schooling) create realistic competition - or by any other means - then we can expect significant activity in the system to make its product competitive and attractive. New syste ms of accreditation testing and funding will have to be tried and no doubt some discarded. Let's apply our own best insights and experience to this aspect of our open culture. B. Peter Brandt Sorheim, Mt. Morris, N.Y.

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