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[Susan notes: This is one great letter, packing in the critical points in this issue.]

Published in Los Angeles Times

To the editor

Re: Trial begins for Atlanta teachers accused of inflating test scores

While appalled by the nation-wide test cheating scandals, it is impossible not to note that classroom teachers, who rightly feared for their jobs, face 35 years in prison on conspiracy charges while grifting bankers laundered money for terrorists and drug cartels were never criminally charged. Instead their banks were fined, big wrist-slaps, and nobody went to jail. Perhaps the greater guilt lies with the likes of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and others, who promulgate the test score fetishes, measuring little more than parental income and home language, as gate-keepers to employment and promotion for students and teachers alike. If we consider the teachers to be little more than bank robo-signers, we see the issue in the proper perspective. First graders know what, "No Fair!" is.

Dr.. Rich Gibson, Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University

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