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[Susan notes: We all have a stake in political antics in California. And as Stephen Krashen points out, this one is especially counterproductive and cruel. His letter is short and to the point. Use it as a model.]

Published in Santa Monica Mirror

To the editor

On October 7, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill (AB 385) that would have exempted English learners from being tested in English for the first three years they are in school. His reason: It would “further weaken incentives” for students and schools to acquire English.

The Governor is misinformed. Every poll, interview, and case history ever done has confirmed that students and their parents are deeply committed to acquiring English, and teachers are working very hard to help English learners succeed.

Insisting that students be tested before they have had a chance to acquire enough English to get a meaningful score on the test is a waste of time and money and creates needless frustration for students. The only ones who profit from it are the publishers who produce and sell the tests.

Stephen Krashen

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