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[Susan notes: What would happen if the media received 100,000 such letters?

Or even 50?]

Submitted to US News & World Report but not published

To the editor

The way to replace No Child Left Behind is with a law that addresses the main cause of low school achievement: Poverty. The rate of child poverty in the US is an astonishing 25%, the second highest of all economically advanced countries, and exceeds 95% in many of our urban and rural schools.

Let's protect children from the impact of poverty by insisting on a living wage that leaves No Child Left Unfed, No Child Without Adequate Health Care and No Child Without Easy Access to a Good Library.

Stephen Krashen and Susan Ohanian

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