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A mistake and a typo prompt good humor between two rivals

Though they are at times each others’ harshest critics, Chancellor Joel Klein and noted education historian Diane Ravitch proved last week that they can occasionally share a laugh.

Last week, Klein e-mailed Ravitch asking for the “latest draft op-ed.” The message was an accident — presumably Klein meant to send it to the Department of Education’s press secretary, whose name is quite similar. “That’s what they get for getting a PR person named R-a-v-i-t-z,” Ravitch said when she forwarded us the e-mail.

A humorous exchange followed. Read from the bottom up:

—–Original Message—–
From: Diane Ravitch
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2010 6:11 PM
To: Klein Joel I.

May God be with you

I was afraid for a second that I mistyped “luck”

Whew

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 12, 2010, at 5:00 PM, “Klein Joel I.”

wrote:

> Thanks. While I’m sure it’s just a typo, I love the Freudian slip

> below.

>

> —– Original Message —–

> From: Diane Ravitch

> Sent: Friday, November 12, 2010 05:51 PM

> To: Klein Joel I.

>

>

> God luck in the next phase of your life/career

>

> Diane

>

>

>

> Sent from my iPhone

>

> On Nov 12, 2010, at 4:43 PM, “Klein Joel I.”

> wrote:

>

>> I hoped you would be.

>>

>> —– Original Message —–

>> From: Diane Ravitch

>> Sent: Friday, November 12, 2010 05:41 PM

>> To: Klein Joel I.

>>

>> Joel,

>>

>> I’m flattered.

>>

>> Diane

>>

>> Sent from my iPhone

>>

>> On Nov 11, 2010, at 10:31 PM, “Klein Joel I.”

>> wrote:

>>

>>> Do you have latest draft oped?

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