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[Susan notes: Many "progressives" are trying to find good news in Governor Brown's election, but Stephen Krashen shows it's the same old/same old with regard to schools: Cut libraries but not testing.]

Submitted to Sacramento Bee but not published

To the editor

Gov Brown plans to cut funding for local libraries, but has no plans to eliminate the High School Exit Exam ( Anatomy of Brown's budget plan, January 9). Research consistently shows that High School Exit Exams are a waste of money: Performance on exit exams does not relate to subsequent educational or job success. In contrast, both public and school library quality have been consistently shown to be positively related to literacy development.

Analyst Jo Anne Behm has estimated that the High School Exit Exam costs California about $500 million per year. That's about half the cost of running all the local public libraries in the state.

Gov Brown plans to cut an important and useful item and keep a useless one. This doesn't make sense educationally or economically.

Stephen Krashen

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