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[Susan notes: Here's a strong, succinct letter arguing for community control of the schools.]

Published in New York Times
09/12/2004

To the editor



Thank you for highlighting the Bush administration's confusing and misguided education policy ("Bad School, or Not? Conflicting Ratings Baffle the Parents," front page, Sept. 5).



By putting destructive failure labels on so many schools, the No Child Left Behind law has not only created confusion among parents, affected teacher morale and threatened local property values, but it also fundamentally fails to deliver on the promise of improving our nation's public schools.



As we move toward a public school system of haves and have-nots, it seems fair to ask if we should trust parents, teachers and local communities to assess the quality of our nation's schools, rather than a set of arbitrary standards issued by Washington bureaucrats.



Damien Filer, Communities for Quality Education.


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