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[Susan notes: This is such a great letter! Short and right to the point.]

Submitted to District Administration but not published

To the editor

Dear Mr. Hanson --

Please save your apologies about running two recent columns by Gary Stager, in which he critiqued misguided policy positions being touted by Kerry and Bush on the campaign trail [Editor's Letter Mea Culpa]. Mr. Stager reflected the disappointment of many of us who longed for a clear choice on election day. What we got from the presidential candidates was a lot of nit picking about whether or not the ill-conceived No Child Left Behind law was adequately funded or not. Perhaps if John Kerry had had the courage to challenge the shallow high stakes testing reforms that are sucking the last bit of joy out of public education and the teaching profession - he would have been swept into office by millions of thankful parents and educators. You shouldn't be embarrassed, but proud to feature the work of a columnist who is so clearly tuned in to the views of a frustrated electorate. Keep up the good work!

Sue Allison, Marylanders Against High Stakes Testing

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