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[Susan notes: Excellent, whistle-blowing letter. It is shameful that the paid-for propaganda would have been printed as news.]

Submitted to US News & World Report but not published

To the editor

US News and World Report, March 12, 2015

Opt-Out Movement About More Than Tests, Advocates Say,"(March 10) notes that "for many, the jury is still out" on the common core standards and tests, citing both arguments against the the common core and as well as the results of a survey from 1000 teachers who were generally supportive of the PARCC tests.

The jury needs to know that the 1000 teachers had been paid, and gave their opinions after completing a full day of "professional development" about PARCC and the common core. The organization supporting this event, Teach Plus, is very pro-common core and is funded by an organization that supports the common core.

In contrast, those critical of the common core are funded by nobody, and typically state their opinions at great personal risk.

The jury needs to take this into consideration.

Stephen Krashen, USC Professor Emeritus

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