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David D’Agostino, by distorting my statements [“Teachers are special,” Letters, April 10], proves rather than refutes the point of my letter [“Reform needed,” Letters, April 3].

Taxpayers must be allowed to hold the schools to standards of transparency and accountability, as well as to question the demands of striking teachers without being accused of heresy or worse. Sentimentality about teachers is not related to merit, nor does it legislate against the real economic issues we are all facing.

Audits are long overdue, as is reining in school spending and a more stringent overview of practices. If tiny administrative enclaves prove inefficient and not cost effective (let alone suspicious), we need to examine this. An audit is the first step.

For the good of the whole community, if consolidation of school districts would be less expensive and more productive, it must be implemented.

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