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[Susan notes: How nice to hear a parent voice, especially when she likes her children's school.]

Published in Billings Gazette

To the editor

I received yet another letter from Riverside Middle School today about their progress, or lack of, in the "no child left behind" act. First of all, let me emphatically state that I fully support the Southside schools my sons attend - Riverside and Ponderosa - in the excellent way they have taught my boys over the last 10 years. I don't feel that the government looks at the issues with a clear mind, they look at test scores. Truthfully, you have teachers and other faculty expected to take the place of parent, counselor and friend to many kids who don't get these things from parents or their peers. I applaud them for the way they have always held high expectations of my boys and reinforced what we teach at home, respect for others as well as self, good grades and acceptance for my kids as individuals.

Most teachers should get a medal for the things they have to deal with at school.

By holding the schools solely responsible to make sure kids go to school, graduate, and care about getting good grades and staying out of trouble, they are telling parents that they don't need to worry, just change schools and your child will do well. Get real, the teachers don't go home with your kids, parents, you do! I hope parents stand up and let the lawmakers know they don't agree with the AYP standards, this makes our teachers look substandard, and they're not! If my child is not doing well at school, it is my responsibility to talk to his teacher.

Kelly Walker

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