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[Susan notes: Here is an approach not often used: ignore the disputed editorial (which supported NCLB) and present a case for spending money elsewhere.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

Re "Stand Firm for Educational Fairness" (editorial, April 22):

A much more productive approach to promoting academic success among poor children would be to urge the administration to reverse planned cuts in the highly successful Head Start program and to stop meddling in it.

Head Start could be improved, but virtually every change proposed by the Bush administration would do more to interfere with the success of this community-based program than to improve it.

K-12 education in poor neighborhoods would benefit far more from increasing the number of children who attend Early Head Start (geared for children 3 years old and younger) than from supporting a flawed No Child Left Behind program.

Jeffrey L. Dansky

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