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[Susan notes: Such a letter is an act of optimism, the hope that the man in the White House will change course. I suggest we all follow Cindy's powerful lead.]

Submitted to President Obama but not published

Dear President Obama,

I see that you met with all the corporate people in July (including America's Promise and AEE, both of which are NOT educator-driven) in order to discuss education.

You are shaming yourself and us.

I wonder if you'll ever respect teachers enough to listen to us, especially those of us who work 60 to 80 hour weeks because we are committed to our students. Especially those of us who have truly done our homework about kids and learning. Especially those of us who are progressive. Especially those of us who worked so hard to get you elected.

Every time you enter the rabbit hole of destroying public education by listening to people whose prime interest is money rather than kids, you tear out our hearts.

Can you hear our screams?


Cindy Lutenbacher

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