Joel Fox attempts to make a correlation between the No on Proposition 98 campaign and the recent CAP testing issue ("Scandal Should Raise a Flag About School Fund Measure," Op-Ed Page, Sept. 28). His effort to discredit Proposition 98 through such an obscure relationship from my perspective is without success.
Because I was named in this article, I am expressing in this letter views which are mine, and may not be the views of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the superintendent, or the Board of Education. The letter will provide information which may put the testing issue and the correlation attempt into perspective.
Cheating of any type destroys integrity both personal and institutional. At no time did I or would I condone cheating. His reference to me through a quote is out of context--a typical advocacy strategy. My quote referenced assistance to students in ways which could be debated as appropriate or inappropriate, but in no way does the quote reference erasing of wrong answers and the making of these erasures into right answers. That behavior is a matter of ethics and any person who acts in an unethical manner is making a personal choice. Such behavior when identified should not be tolerated by any person or institution and should be censured on its own level of merit.