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[Susan notes: Money is something people can understand. "Locals" are the ones who will have to foot the billions and billions projected to keep those online Common Core tests coming.]

Submitted to Orlando Sentinel but not published

To the editor

Re: Common Core test costs: Less than current FCAT expenses, estimates show (but that doesn't include needed technology, other factors," July 22).

The "needed technology" is the problem: It is a boondoggle that will never end -- billions to make sure all students are connected to the internet with up-to-date computers, followed by billions for constant upgrading, billions for constant replacement of obsolete equipment, and billions more for the never-ending new technologies. Moreover, there is no evidence that the brave new technology is "needed," no evidence that it will result in better student achievement.

Stephen Krashen

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