Maryland School Performance Assessment Program...

WHEN THE

April 02, 1992

WHEN THE Maryland School Performance Assessment Program scores were released recently, Harford Superintendent Ray Keech said this about his county's results: "I think that we are taking the risk to dare to make a difference." Our only question: Was English part of the exam?

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EVERY POLITICIAN has had the urge to sound off when a constituent gets out of line. Politeness -- and an eagerness to win reelection -- dictate otherwise. But here is what one congressman wrote to an especially nasty letter-writing resident of his California district 68 years ago:

"One of the countless drawbacks of being in Congress is that I am compelled to receive impertinent letters from a jackass like you in which you say I promised to have the Sierra Madre mountains reforested and I have been in Congress two months and haven't done it. Will you please take two running jumps and go to hell."

Shades of William Donald Schaefer?

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