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[Susan notes: Joseph Lucido makes an important point: There will always be a bottom 5%.]

Published in Fresno Bee

To the editor

Two principals from Fresno schools, Yosemite Middle School and Carver Elementary, resigned for low test scores. These schools landed on the CA 'bottom 5%' list. You know, the list of schools that will most likely be closed and turned over to private charter operators as a result of our new laws passed to bend on one knee to the corporate interests behind Race to the Top? The sad thing is that once those in the bottom 5% are 'turned around,' there will be a NEW 5% of schools at the NEW bottom. When does it end?

The mass firings of teachers in Rhode Island, the closure of hundreds of public schools across the U.S. all lead to one idea: the annihilation of our public education. NCLB opened the door by allowing test scores to be used to determine whether a school lives or dies. Now, publicly funded charter schools with huge corporate backing threaten a public school system that has helped produce the best universities, the most number of Nobel Prize winners, and the best economy in the world. Concerned about this? Go to http://www.testingabuse.blogspot.com and attend the Cesar Chavez Education Conference at Fresno State on April 30-May 1.

The author is an organizer of Educators and Parents Against Testing Abuse

Joseph Lucido

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