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[Susan notes: The author of this letter is a fifth grade teacher and site science coordinator in the Central Unified School District, Fresno.

David Sanchez is president of the 340,000 member CTA. With this kind of people power behind him, he could do what Joseph Lucido calls for--lead the union into activism. It is past time that teachers took to the streets.]

Published in California Educator

To the editor

I really don't get it. David Sanchez, in his introduction to the June California Educator, states that the testing system should be temporarily be suspended because of the budget crisis. My colleagues and I agree with this, not only for Sanchez's reasons, but because high stakes testing is having a devastating effect on our students' thinking and is helping to increase the drop-out rate. If he feels the way he does, then where is CTA to lead the charge to protect the profession and the students by challenging the validity and worth of the assessment system? Pink slips are not the only problem. Gather your teachers under one banner and fight this together.

Joseph Lucido

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