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[Susan notes: What to say except "Great!" Now if the NY Times could just get their education editorial writers to read a little. We should all repeat this information about the reading crisis in the US Department of Ed.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

We now know that the reading crisis has reached the US Department of Education. Education Secretary Arne Duncan thinks that there has been no public opposition to his policies ("Education Chief Vies to Expand U.S. Role as Partner on Local Schools," May 3).

Clearly, neither he nor his staff members have been reading much. Apparently, they have not read any of the articles in newspapers and education publications, nor any of the recent books that oppose Duncan's program of spending billions on unnecessary standards and tests at a time when schools are desperately short of funds.

Nor have they talked to many teachers.

Stephen Krashen

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