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Published in Denver Post

To the editor

NCLB calls for chronically underperforming schools to face escalating penalties, including ...turning over schools to ... a private education firm.

Thank you for letting the readers know that a "failing" school may be privatized, yet will still be paid for with their taxes! I really cannot recall any media article stating it this clearly! I always used to read about the state taking over the school, or the "more benign" solution of changing it into a charter school, although most too are run through outside, private agencies paid for by tax dollars!

The scheme to make sure some schools will always "fail" by judging them on a Bell curve, to privatize them, was dreamed up by CEOs of major corporations united in the Business Roundtable which initiated NCLB. Those aware of this ploy have tried to warn the public, but their voices are ignored by the mainstream media.

For a decade now schools are cash cows for test makers, curriculum consultants and publishers, whose products are sold to school districts to hike up test scores, raking in millions in profits. Never mind that schools have become so oppressive and sapped of all creative and stimulating learning opportunities that kids now hate school and even reading because of the boring curriculum and materials!

It's time to say enough of this madness and stand up for children! Join Uniting4Kids or its interactive Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/Uniting4Kids

Conny Jensen

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