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[Susan notes: Great letter! We should hit this rigor theme over and over.]

Published in McAllen Monitor

To the editor

"Rigorous" (harsh or cruel, relentlessly severe, rigid, inflexible) is undoubtedly the favorite adjective of everyone behind No Child Left Behind.

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings demonstrated that rigor as she chastised Texas ("Education secretary warns Texas on testing of special education students," April 10), threateneing the state for daring to insist that more than 1 percent of special education students might need alternative testing.

Way to go, TEA! What beautiful justice if the differently-abled students turn out to have the power to rescue all the average "everybodies" from the egregious (remarkably scandalous) rigors of NCLB.

Peg Thompson Oliver, M. Ed., Founder, director of the Coalition of Literacy Services, Inc., advocacy, information, and open, self-paced GED classes in public libraries in Hidalgo County, TX, 1984-2004.

Peg Thompson Oliver

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