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[Susan notes: This is a strong letter in a righteous cause. ]

Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution

To the editor

Gwinnett teacher deserves apology

Congratulations to Jim Hope, who gives us optimism that the folly of single standardized tests for decisions about student promotion and graduation can be confronted ("Gateway Test foe cleared by court," Metro, Dec. 18). We need more unsung heroes such as Hope, educators and residents who are willing to stand up to ill-advised authority and speak freely about the appropriate use and misuse of such tests. Hope took the high road in disseminating to the public what these tests are about, how they affect students and how there is no scientific research to support the Gateway tests. Gwinnett officials took the low road of threat and surveillance to try and silence Hope. I know who violated the public trust in this case. Gwinnett officials owe Hope an apology for the disgraceful treatment of one of their teachers of the year.

CARL GLICKMAN, of Athens, is an emeritus professor of education at

the University of Georgia.

Carl Glickman

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