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A 'public forum' where the public isn't allowed to speak

The removal of Robert Small, a concerned parent who voiced his concerns at a forum on the introduction of the Common Core curriculum standards, was uncalled for ("Robert Small deserves an apology," Sept. 23).

Every parent should be entitled to express their concerns to the public officials who approve policy decisions regarding their children's education.

Forums are platforms where an issue can be debated, and parents being escorted out or questioned via notecards circumvents that debate.

Cody L. Dorsey, Baltimore

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