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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.


Submitted to New York Post but not published

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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