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[Susan notes: It's refreshing to see a letter that is so direct. Kudos to Crowder for not beating around the bush or masking mean realities with euphemism.]

Published in Dallas Morning News

To the editor

Re: "Our nation's school work," by William McKenzie, Tuesday Viewpoints.

As Margaret Spellings stands "firmly in the middle of the Republican Big Tent," she rubs elbows with the likes of Karl Rove and "Scooter" Libby, who are under investigation for revealing the identity of a covert CIA agent.

The No Child Left Behind Act is responsible for the systematic deconstruction of our public schools. It is an unfunded mandate that allows public tax dollars to be withdrawn from the neediest schools and applied to high-performing schools. Compassionate conservatism:Take from the poor and give to the rich.

If you want an idea about the efficacy of No Child Left Behind, go to a public school and ask veteran teachers and administrators how it's affecting them.

Give your readers substance, not Bush-league, jingoistic propaganda.

Wade Crowder

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