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[Susan notes: This is what we need: constant reminder to the press and the public that politicians\' high-sounding remarks are hot air--not backed up by dollars or actions.]

Published in Orlando Sentinel
12/01/2002

To the editor






We applaud Jeb Bush's emphasis on reading ("Give me an 'R' -- Jeb cheers bookworms," 12/29/02), but, alas, there's no money or time for real books and magazines in many classrooms throughout the state. Instead, scarce funds and precious time are spent on test prep workbooks and software and on expensive commercial reading systems that no child would ever choose to snuggle up with. School library monies often go to canned programs that include multiple choice tests over books that children read for pleasure -- a surefire way to kill the love of reading.



Regardless of the intentions of politicians and bureaucrats, these are the practical effects of high stakes tests like the FCAT.

Gloria Pipkin, Coordinator, Florida Coalition for Assessment Reform, Inc.


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