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Anonymous (Colorado)

Dear Ms. Ravitch,

Your book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, is the single best book on the subject that I’ve ever read. I work in education in Colorado.  Before my current position, I ran a school-based neighborhood center at an inner city school in southwest Denver that was subsequently closed and turned into a KIPP charter school.

What I am trying to say is that your book gave reason and logic to the way I’ve been feeling about so-called reforms for a long time now. Because of you, I have become active in the upcoming school board race, joined Save our Schools and Parents Across America, and started posting on blogs and other websites. These are all ideas that I got from the letter on your website.

After the kids in my program graduate, I am contemplating a career in education policy. I can’t believe how much my sense of self efficacy in regards to this issue has changed since reading your book. I am excited and determined to do everything I can to spread the word.

Thank you for your time and for your amazing book.