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[Susan notes: Let us all follow Susan Harman's good example. For the sake of the children and for the very profession of teaching, we must refuse to follow the corporate-politico line and lie down for NCLB and its leaders.



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Submitted to Washington Post but not published
01/07/2005

To the editor

It's very hard for me to understand why the person everyone is suddenly calling the architect of all of Bush's education policies—Margaret Spellings—is "headed for swift and painless Senate confirmation"

(Dobbs, Spellings promises fixes to No Child Left Behind Law, Jan. 7). Don't Senators read the papers? Haven't they heard that increasing numbers of Texas schools and districts have been caught cheating?

Remember, this is the Administration that brought us the biggest (and unprosecuted) economic robbery of all time—Enron. Spellings refers to "'horror stories'", as if they were isolated anomalies, some of NCLB's "unintended consequences." They are neither anomalous or unintended. That most of our schools will fail because of NCLB is exactly what Bush and Spellings intend. Their next step is to

privatize them all, making clear that NCLB really stands for No Corporation Left Behind.

Susan Harman, Ed.D


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