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[Susan notes: Short and to the point, Krashen nails it.]

Published in USA Today

To the editor

Contrary to Education Secretary Spellings’ claim

(“Tests will drive gains,” October 19), NCLB is not

working. No Child Left Behind promised to close the

gap between children of poverty and children not in

poverty. This has not happened. The differences in

test scores between children eligible for free or

reduced lunch and those not eligible are nearly the

same in 2005 as they were in 2003.

The administration has wasted 100 billion dollars of

taxpayers’ money on NCLB, and now Spellings wants to

waste more and extend NCLB to high schools. This is

good news for test and workbook publishers, but bad

news for students and for taxpayers.

Stephen Krashen

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