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[Susan notes: Indeed. Great soundbite: 'Let's put out the fire now, without first developing expensive and more precise ways of measuring the temperature of the blaze.' ]

Submitted to USA Today but not published
05/09/2013

To the editor

The government is planning to collect an astonishing amount of detail in order to get a more precise measure of student poverty ( Plans aim to determine students̢۪ socioeconomic status, May 9).



This will cost millions in data gathering, and analysis, followed by changing guidelines and evaluating the results of the changes.



We have more than enough data to accurately identify which students live in poverty and a great deal of evidence showing that students living in poverty do poorly in school because they suffer from hunger and malnutrition, have inadequate health care and have little access to reading material. Instead of measuring the problem, we need to invest in solving it, improving food programs, health care and school libraries.



The building is obviously on fire. Lets put out the fire now, without first developing expensive and more precise ways of measuring the temperature of the blaze.

Stephen Krashen


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