Gazette used claim that story rebutted

In “Today’s students, tomorrow’s teachers” (Dec. 2), The Gazette casts doubt upon the “much maligned” statistic that U.S. public schools are recruiting teachers from the bottom two-thirds of college classes. But it is worth remembering that The Gazette’s own editorial plea for reducing the power of public unions (“The Union Role,” Nov. 18) cites a far less plausible statistic — the claim that Iowa public school teachers are mostly “in the bottom 25 percent of their classes.”

If the latter claim is false, and I believe the “Today’s students” piece has established that it is, The Gazette should apologize to its readers and to Iowa public school teachers for using it.

Chris McCord

Cedar Rapids


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