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[Susan notes: They left out this killer sentence: We should remind our Congressional representatives about the Feb. 28,2007 Washington Post story that began, "Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache Sunday."

But I feel my point was made. Our critics says we offer no solutions in our complaints about school deform. Here's a solution that should be tried.]

Published in Washington Post

To the editor

Let's fund school health clinics, not standardized testing

Regarding the July 17 news article Bipartisan revision of 'No Child' passes in Senate:

Both the House and Senate versions of the No Child Left Behind revision put the onus on schools to solve the problems of poverty. A more effective step would be to establish health clinics in schools attended by a high percentage of students living in poverty.

For starters, untreated cavities are nearly three times as prevalent among poor as among middle-class children. How well do you think a kid with a toothache can concentrate on schoolwork?

I'd like to see our congressional representatives work on something to help the nationĂ¢€™s children. We need to fund health clinics in our schools, not work to benefit the standardized testing conglomerates.

Susan Ohanian

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