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[Susan notes: If LOTS of people would write such letters, one is likely to get published. We need more than lone voices in the wilderness.]

Submitted to USA Today but not published

To the editor

The Feds have decided it isn't enough to ask schoolkids if their family has a dishwasher (re: Plan aims to determine students' socioeconomic status). Now they want home size, backyards, rates of single parenthood, unemployment, times family moved--to provide a fuller picture of kids' lives. People who worry about privacy issues worry that all that data will be on a person's permanent record.

Permanent. As in forever.

Small wonder that a New York City mother of triplets and very concerned about privacy issues, says she has trained her kids to "lie about everything."

Instead of further documenting the obscene conditions of poverty, the Feds need to do something--such as raise the minimum wage and provide housing support.

Susan Ohanian

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