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It is both puzzling and sad, with so many marginal employees plaguing the D.C. Public Schools, that the City Paper (“A Matter of Principal,” 9/4) chose to run a full-length article attacking one of the system’s finest principals. Emily Crandall, unlike some that you might have investigated, has, throughout her career, devoted her considerable ability and intelligence to one end only—the educational advancement of the students under her purview. The great majority of these students, including our own children, have benefited greatly from her commitment and her competence.

Hopefully you will be more selective in the future in choosing targets for your journalistic arrows.

Joan T. Prival

Michael J. Prival

Friendship Heights

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