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[Susan notes: Short and pointed, this letter makes the case that the problem with NCLB goes far beyond money.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

Sen. Kennedy apparently feels that the only thing wrong with No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is that it is underfunded ("Kennedy demands full funding for school bill," April 7). NCLB should never have been passed. All educators agree that assessment is necessary and important, but NCLB imposes excessive and unnecessary testing on children. All reading specialists agree that teaching basic phonics is helpful, but NCLB imposes far more phonics teaching than research and common sense support. NCLB does nothing to provide real help for children, but it does provide real help to the testing and textbook publishing industry.

Stephen Krashen, Emeritus Professor, USC

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