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[Susan notes: Go forth and do likewise.



You can use Senator Harkin's e-mail form:



http://harkin.senate.gov/contact_opinion.cfm



Or send a real letter to one of his offices (mail to D. C. gets delayed for anthrax screening):



150 First Avenue, NE

Suite 370

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401





Remember, Harkin now heads the Senate Education Committee.

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Submitted to but not published
05/21/2010

Dear Senator Tom Harkin,

As a lifetime educator both here and abroad, and as founder of our Coalition for Better Education, Inc. I have seen much of the fallout of the passage of the legislation in January of 2002 known as No Child Left Behind. And all of it is bad.



I have a lot of wonderful company. Do please see the works of erudite educators such as Alfie Kohn, Susan Ohanian, Stephen Krashen, Angela Engel, Jonathan Kozol, and now most recently, Diane Ravitz. A formidable wave of criticism continues to grow against the present educational policy which ignores the needs and talents of our children and places inordinate emphasis on a hopelessly flawed and tyrannical testing regimen.



I invite you to visit our website at http://www.thecbe.org simply as a point of departure into the unfolding saga of what is happening to public education and the litany of consequences that have befallen it.



Sincerely,







Don Perl, The Coalition for Better Education


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