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[Susan notes: Here's a short letter with a real punch.



Donna notes (not in her letter) that in Memphis (which has had a BIG push to charters), the initial story was page 4, below the fold. The number of public schools considered to be failing was front page, above the fold, big type.

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Submitted to New York Post but not published
08/19/2004

To the editor



Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't using data from single tests, without regard to student's prior learning experiences, backgrounds and needs as a means of judging schools (which Chester Finn decries in his column on "Degrading Charters 8/19/2004) EXACTLY what was used to push the high-stakes testing movement, NCLB, charter schools, and vouchers on public schools?



The claim was that charters could take the high-need populations and do better than the public schools. I'd say that's a put up or shut up claim, and based on the data, it's time to shut up.

Donna Metler, Tennessee teacher


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