The following is a partial transcript of remarks made by Michigan Education Association (MEA) President Luigi Battaglieri at his news conference September 27, 2001.

I know what's in your minds - I think I've worked with the media enough that I expect the headline is going to be that the MEA takes on the Mackinac Center. . . . I guess I expect their reaction to be one where they will welcome us as new kids on the block to enter into the field that they've been into for a number of years now, and I assume they're going to scrutinize our research just as much as we've scrutinized theirs. And so, quite frankly, I admire what they have done over the last couple of years entering into the field as they have and being pretty much the sole provider of research to the community, to the public, to our members, to legislators, and so on. . . . [T]hose of us in the educational community, for being in the business of educating, we've done a poor job in my opinion in the past of educating the public about all the good things that are going on in public education.

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