Steven Crawford is executive director of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, one of the many special interests devoted to maintaining the government's school monopoly. He was recently quoted as saying, "Honestly, public schools aren't as bad as [the state superintendent] has portrayed them to be."
Not exactly a ringing endorsement, to be sure. The reader is left wondering, "Umm, well, how bad are they? Are they only moderately bad?" In any case, Mr. Crawford is right: the schools are not as bad has the superintendent has portrayed them to be. They're worse.