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May 17, 2001

Undercutting A+ incentives
Public school students have passed another round of Florida's high-stakes Comprehensive Assessment Test, and Gov. Jeb Bush is suitably proud. "The marked improvement in this year's FCAT scores is evidence that the goals established at the inception of the A-plus plan continue to be met," he told reporters on Tuesday.

Corrections reform
The Department of Corrections seems to be in some serious trouble, and Corrections Secretary Michael Moore could help by changing the atmosphere.

Testing misses the real purpose of education
Re: Scores up in two of the three R's, May 9.  

Taking jobs, alienating customers
For weeks Americans have been told that the outsourcing of high-tech jobs is good for our economy. So said Greg Mankiw, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers in a recent report signed by President Bush. So, too, writes Thomas Friedman of the New York Times in articles praising the rise of call centers in India used for everything from making airline reservations and reading medical X-ray films to providing tech support for American computer firms.

Philip Gailey: Democrats fall off campaign finance reform wagon
Well, what do you know. Soft money is back, and it's making hypocrites of all those Democrats who fervently championed the McCain-Feingold campaign reform law, not to mention those Republicans who objected to the law's restrictions on issue advocacy.

Bill Maxwell: Who is for the farm worker?
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is touting legislation to improve the lives of Florida's 300,000-plus farm workers, who endure institutional and systemic injustices each day in our fields and groves and their personal lives.

Robyn E. Blumner: For some defendants, an American gulag
In Bernard Malamud's masterpiece The Fixer, inmate Yakov Bok was subjected to psychological torture in a Soviet gulag through the humiliations of constant shackling and repeated strip searches.

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