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[Susan notes: The public doesn't understand NCLB. This letter does a good job informing them.]

Published in Pittsburgh Post Gazette

To the editor

If I wasn't already convinced that the No Child Left Behind law is a mammoth set-up, designed to undermine confidence in public education, I am now. Incredibly, Mt. Lebanon High School, one of the most well-respected, best-loved high schools in the country, now finds itself on the NCLB "warning list" ("Half of State Schools Don't Make the Grade," Aug. 13).

Impoverished schools all over the country are in desperate need of aid to buy textbooks, reduce class size and replace crumbling buildings. There is plenty the federal government could do to improve public education, but slapping fallacious labels on models of excellence like Mt. Lebanon High School in a rigged game of federal "gotcha" sure isn't one of them.

Sue Allison, 1979 graduate of Mt. Lebanon H.S.; coordinator, Marylanders Against High Stakes Testing

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