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[Susan notes: This is a short, powerful letter that everybody can understand.]

Submitted to USA Today but not published

To the editor

In response to Plan Aims to Determine Students̢۪ Socioeconomic Status, I can only say: you're kidding, right?

We, the people, the students, the parents, the teachers--don̢۪t need more data. We need a living wage. We need housing. We need health care that is guaranteed like that of every other industrialized nation except ours. We need "food security."

We know who is poor. What we don't know is why you're wasting our time and money.

Cindy Lutenbacher

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