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[Susan notes: Let this be a model calling for more state superintendents of schools to be held accountable for the high stakes testing policies they embrace.]

Published in
06/26/2005

To the editor




Tom Horne, state superintendent of public instruction, should either be asked to resign or be instantly fired.



Approximately 23,000 students who he is charged with educating are failing - and he is celebrating. I bet if the figure were higher he would really be out dancing in the streets.



For a person in his position to think that the failure of any one - and I mean any one - student is a reason to rejoice is plain stupid. Such a number should mean that he has failed the people of Arizona.



Many of the students he is talking about have spent the last 10 to 12 years on the goal of achieving a high school diploma. And now he is celebrating because they failed. A success rate of 70 percent is not something to be happy about. It is a good thing he is not trying to be a doctor.



Tom Horne is a failure, and not the students he is charged with educating.

Sidney A. Jordan


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