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[Susan notes: GREAT line summing up the problem: Instead of trying to reduce homelessness and trying to protect children against the effects of poverty, our government is wasting money on measuring the problem more precisely.



Use it in your own letters and op eds.]

Submitted to New York Daily News but not published
03/30/2011

To the editor

"Schools put to the test as ranks of homeless students grow, causing stress for kids, staff," March 30) tells us that 20% of children in some areas of Manhattan are homeless, which results in hunger, sleep deprivation, and no quiet place to do homework. Even the best teaching in the world will have very limited results with children living under these conditions.



Manhattan is not the only place with high levels of child poverty. In fact, the US has the highest level of child poverty among all industrialized countries.



Instead of taking steps to deal with these problems directly, the US Department of Education is investing huge sums of money in developing new standards and in a vastly increased testing program to enforce the standards.



Instead of trying to reduce homelessness and trying to protect children against the effects of poverty, our government is wasting money on measuring the problem more precisely.

Stephen Krashen


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