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DPS should focus on attracting teachers

Re: Ingrid Jacques’ Oct. 18 column, “What’s next for Detroit schools?”: Year after year we read about appointments of high level administrators who too often are corrupt or incompetent and about attempts to restructure and reorganize the administrative set-up of the DPS. How come we seldom, if ever, hear about efforts to attract the best and brightest teachers to Detroit schools. These efforts are essential for realizing substantial, stable gains in learning outcomes in the district.

Barry S. Winkler, professor emeritus

Biomedical Sciences, Oakland University

Dem candidates set good example

Martin O’Malley’s closing statement at the first Democratic presidential debate highlighted the dramatic differences between the Democratic and Republican candidates. O’Malley stressed that he and his debate opponents not only maintained a respectful, civil and professional tone throughout the forum, but also managed to provide substantive, factual and constructive answers to the questions they were asked. It’s time to focus on improving the quality of life for millions of Americans.

Jill Farber-Bramson

West Bloomfield

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