[Susan notes: The letters are pouring in in response to Stephen Krashen's letter in The New York Times. I hope they print one, like this, that provides corporate context. . . and the key role played by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.]
To the editor
Stephen Krashen is correct about poverty being the real impediment to an excellent education for all. He is also correct that increasing testing will only divert money away from solving poverty. However, he does not pull back the curtain to reveal the real reason that education Ă˘€śreformĂ˘€ť is suddenly an interesting topic to billionaires. Who will profit from all this testing? States struggling to function after their budgets were decimated (probably by a manipulated Libor rate) have been enticed into signing onto the Common Core in exchange for Race to the Top funds. Unfortunately, the excessive computer generated testing that is mandated by 2014 to receive the funds will cost more than the funds will provide.
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