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[Susan notes: We feel it's important to start the strong information campaign about the cost of national testing now. The Feds like to pretend it isn't a national test, but PARCC and SBAC have received $185 million of our tax dollars. And they've barely started.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

Buried deep in In City Schools Tech Spending to Rise Despite Cuts, (March 30) is a statement by "city officials" that the huge expenditures for technology are primarily to make it possible for students to take computerized national standardized tests. We can expect this to happen nation-wide. We can expect more of our tax money to go to wealthy corporations to pay for tests and the technology to administer tests, with less available for helping children learn.

Stephen Krashen and Susan Ohanian

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