- The Washington Times - Friday, June 19, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Your Tuesday editorial, “Obama’s Walpin-gate problem,” tells only one side of the story regarding the findings of a report, conducted by former Inspector General Gerald Walpin, on the AmeriCorps grant for the New York City Teaching Fellows Program in its questioning of Mr. Walpin’s firing. Your reference to “long-running waste at CUNY” is unfairly critical of the successful Teaching Fellows Program, which is administered by the CUNY Research Foundation, and it ignores publicly available responses.

Corporation for National and Community Service General Counsel Frank R. Trinity wrote, “More than 90% of participants in the RFCUNY teacher corps program successfully completed their terms of service and earned education awards” - a figure “significantly higher than those for AmeriCorps programs generally.” In addition, corporation Acting CEO Nicola Goren wrote that the funding enabled a professional corps to address the shortage of high-quality teachers in New York City’s public schools.

In regard to the large number of applicants to the Teaching Fellows Program, Mr. Trinity noted that “increased applicant pools is [sic] a positive program attribute, a point repeatedly made in bi-partisan House and Senate colloquies …” The General Counsel cites a survey conducted by the Urban Institute in which “81% of the participants interviewed at the RFCUNY program stated that the education award was a factor in their decision to join the AmeriCorps program.”

We hope you will permit your readers to be informed about this public record of support.

JAY HERSHENSON

Senior vice chancellor for university relations

Secretary of the Board of Trustees

The City University of New York

New York City

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