I believe The CPA Journal is a fine magazine, so I was surprised to see the article “Funding Quality Education in New York” [by Michael A. Rebell and Joseph J. Wardenski, February 2002].
Perhaps as an “Upstater” from the suburbs I have a different perspective on this, but the article strikes me as a political piece co-authored by a special interest group leader. I believe this could have been written by a teachers’ union official. It all comes down to a great fallacy that spending more money, mainly in the cities, equals better education. An accountant’s skepticism shows this theorem to be patently false. You don’t need to look very hard to find rural and religious schools that clearly provide a superior education at less cost.
I would be much happier as a NYSSCPA member if The CPA Journal stayed away from pushing a biased political view in the future—especially when written by someone who could in no way be considered unbiased in the matter.
J. Daniel Bouw, CPA
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