Regarding Larry Rasmussen’s letter concerning using eSchool News for political editorials (“Bush wacker retorts,” May 2004, ), I feel this paper should be used for presenting articles on new technology for schools. If I want to get a liberal slant on the news, I will watch the network news, read the New York Times, or listen to the Hollywood bunch. As far as our Secretary of Education calling the National Education Association “terrorists,” that might be a little strong. He should have just called it a spokespiece for the Democratic party.
–Dan Hoesly, Superintendent, Wheeler Central School District, Bartlett, Neb.

I read with amusement the letter from Mr. Williams accusing eSchool News of injecting anti-Bush messages into stories (“Quit your ‘Bush-bashing,’ April 2004, Why was I amused? First, the two examples given were not bashing at all, but factual reports. Second, because I am tired of the fact that any story that paints Bush in a negative light is considered a bash. One could bash and say he failed in Texas, then covered it up by eliminating students from the rolls, then hired [Sec. of Education Rod] Paige to bring that sad example to Washington and take it national. Wait. That’s not bashing, either. It’s fact. Keep up your fine reporting of the facts.
–Les Kern III, Director of Technology, Minooka Community High School, Ill.

Mr. Williams commented that he would like eSchool News to stick to reporting and spend less time “giving us your view of the politics.” Frankly, I appreciate eSchool News just the way it is: a straightforward perspective on the state of [educational] technology in our country.

When eSchool News publishes the situation as it is (“Bush’s ’05 budget trims tech,” March 2004), I don’t see that as Bush-bashing, but rather as the hard reality of how education and technology fares under the Bush administration. If Mr. Williams doesn’t want to read that Mr. Bush has trimmed the tech budget, perhaps he can manifest some influence with our president.

Bush is not an education president, although he likes to call himself that. His most visible attempt at trying to engineer something positive for education is NCLB. This law seems like a hastily and aggressively implemented “fix-it” approach for improving education; an approach that lacks reasonable means or methods to achieve the desired outcomes within the specified timelines and is extremely punitive to schools, staff, and students. Does this sound anything like another of the decisions decided entirely within his administration–Iraq, maybe?

I couldn’t help but notice that Mr. Williams is the president of a corporation–not an educator. I would like it if all corporate officers were able look at the world through the same lens as those of us who don’t receive preferential governmental treatment–the people who are not invited to sit on committees because we are not huge donors to political coffers.

If Mr. Williams is so worried about reading only the pluses of the Bush policies, perhaps he should pick up the Wall Street Journal instead of eSchool News. I say to eSchool News, keep up the good work!
–Renee Krupp, Director of Educational Technology, Charter Community School, Placerville, Calif.

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