The self-appointed education experts on the Newsday editorial board have yet again renewed their tiresome endeavor to convince readers that great benefits would accrue to New York State's children if only our state government would weaken public employee unions and teacher tenure ["A lesson plan on funding," Editorial, Feb. 15].

However, it's important to note that there is no need for guesswork and speculation about what schools without unions and tenure would look like, because such schools already exist by the thousands in states including Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and South Carolina, among many others.

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Readers interested in having an informed opinion about what is best for the children in New York have a choice. They can accept the unsupported supposition and questionable motives of the editors who have created Newsday's imaginary vision, or they could closely investigate the sort of education already being provided by the public schools without unions.

Only the second choice would provide the appropriate evidence for the kind of schools we want for the children of New York.

Lynn Costello, Blue Point

Editor's note: The writer is a retired teacher.