Staff writer Leah Latimer is to be commended for the two articles that appeared in the June 13 Metro section {"New Legal Battle Rocks Pr. George's School Peace" and "New Conflict Over 'Separate but Equal' "}. These articles unmask the "myth of tranquillity" currently being promoted by the superintendent and the school board regarding community response to the implementation of the county's desegregation agreement. The articles are also the first appearing in The Post in quite some time that describe accurately the county's desegregation problem.

The crux of the problem between the black community and the school system is the disproportionate underachievement of black children in both traditional and compensatory settings. Resources and services that should be forthcoming to predominantly black schools to help solve this problem are compromised because the superintendent and the school board insist on so many TAG (talented and gifted) magnet programs (which serve primarily white children) at a time when Milliken (compensatory education) programs have not been brought up to par.

These resource allocation decisions are all the more egregious when one considers that the County Council recently approved a $40 million increase in the school budget. This is a tragedy for black children, whose underachievement was the reason the county's NAACP chapter asked a federal judge to reopen the desegregation case.

Two years ago, blacks and whites in P.G. County entered into a "memorandum of understanding," charting out a mutually acceptable course for desegregating the county's public schools. This represented a reasonable alternative to busing. The black community is not going to sit back idly and watch the substance of the memorandum evaporate. The education of our children will not be compromised this time. FREDERICK C. HUTCHINSON Oxon Hill