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[Susan notes: While everybody else talks about money, Krashen and Nielsen ask a critical question about President Obama's community college plan.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

Re Obama, in Tennessee, Begins Selling His Community College Tuition Plan President Obama's plan to fund community colleges sounds great. It would reduce the high costs of college and also provide job preparation in areas where there are shortages, such as carpentry, electrical work, construction and plumbing, specialties that do not require a four-year degree.

Our concern is the requirement that "community colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes." Does this mean an expansion of the Common Core, bringing expensive and untested standards and nonstop testing to the college level?

Mr. Krashen is professor emeritus at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. Mr. Nielsen is the author of "Children of the Core."

Stephen Krashen & Kris Nielsen

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