The State Board of Education passed a new school discipline policy that will have far-reaching effects on every subdivision in Maryland. Your editorial in support of the new policy was both predictable and disheartening ("Keep them in class," Jan. 29).

The new policy was favored by the Open Society Institute, Advocates for Children & Youth, the NAACP and the ACLU. It was opposed by teachers, principals, administrators, superintendents and most local boards of education.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder also favor the new policy. Messrs. Duncan and Holder came to Baltimore recently to describe a new nationwide policy that sounded very much like Maryland's initiative.

The "school to prison pipeline" has become a popular slogan among policy advocates because it implies that the schools are responsible for the actions of individuals. The real slogan should be "fatherless boys to prison pipeline," but that's not popular because it puts the blame where it belongs.

The requirement that school systems correct "disparate outcomes" in suspensions and expulsions to match the school populations is like telling our justice system to make the prison population mirror the overall population.

OSI and AFCY came to Baltimore shortly after former Baltimore Mayor O'Malley became governor. Both organizations are creations of George Soros, a billionaire 25 times over who wants world government, presumably with someone like him or perhaps his progeny in charge.

Mr. Soros is a true genius. He chose well when he selected Maryland to establish his initiatives. Mr. Soros understands well that before new government can be established old governments must come down. With the NAACP, ACLU and Open Society roaming the schools, lawsuits and conflicts will increase.

I realize it seems ridiculous to imply that George Soros, who has invested $90 million in Maryland, would want a quid pro quo for his investment. But it's even more ridiculous to think he wouldn't.

David G. O'Neill, Princess Anne

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