Re "California's school war will heat up" (Capitol & California, Dan Walters, Dec. 20): To improve student achievement, raise the minimum wage for workers, the teachers. School reform leader Michelle Rhee won't admit that students' success in school is affected by conditions outside the classroom because that would expose her attack on teachers as a fraud. After more than 20 years of privatization and standardized test abuse, there is no evidence that the so-called reform agenda has benefited students, and plenty of evidence of damage to public schools, students and educators. Privatizing schools, operating for-profit charters, and selling tests and test-prep materials are money-making activities. So, the billionaires will continue attacking public schools and teacher unions. But they need a new spokesperson soon because Rhee has no more credibility.
-- George Sheridan, Garden Valley