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[Susan notes: Great summary of NCLB defects. Please note that money is not in the list.]

Published in Education Week

To the editor

There is a simple reason why the No Child Left Behind Act is getting so much attention in local newspapers ("School Laws Story: Read All About It," June 23, 2004). Its a bad law designed to make all schools, including many award-winning schools, look like failures. It punishes diversity, forces schools to contract with profit-making companies for tutoring, and requires districts to send home letters calling professional teachers unqualified.

This summer, thousands of schools will be labeled as failing, and millions of parents will react in anger and dismay at the threat to their neighborhood elementary and high schools. It is a time bomb ready to explode just as both political parties hold their national conventions.

Kenneth Goodman

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