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[Susan notes: A number of educators are wondering how the scripted literacy curriculum mandates required by No Child Left Behind legislation exists philosophically--and practically--alongside the quite wonderful literary soirees at the White House sponsored and hosted by First Lady Laura Bush. Susan Harman asks the question.]

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To First Lady Laura Bush

Dear Ms. Bush--
All of us in the field of reading applaud your support for real reading,
literature, libraries, and books. The way to learn to read is, of course, by reading.

We're wondering, however, how you reconcile your correct approach to
literacy with that of your husband, his reading czar (Read Lyin'), and
the punitive No Corporation Left Behind. Can you enlighten us?

Susan Harman, Ed.D.
California Coalition for Authentic
Reform in Education (CalCARE)

Susan Harman

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