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[Susan notes: This letter makes important connetions, counter argument that more money makes testing OK--and does it with brevity.]

Published in Baltimore Sun

To the editor

Graduation testing is wrong and unfair

Marilyn D. Maultsby, the state school board president, seems to be saying that the only thing standing between Maryland students and high-stakes, do-or-die graduation testing is the materialization of Thornton dollars ("Pass or fail," editorial, July 6).

This puts parents in an untenable position - if we champion full funding for our schools we may well be gambling our children's futures on a testing practice that education experts know to be unsound and counterproductive.

With or without full Thornton funding, high-stakes graduation testing is just plain dangerous, unfair and wrong for Maryland.

Sue Allison, coordinator of Marylanders Against High Stakes Testing

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