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[Susan notes: If the government followed its own NCLB prescriptions, with this kind of assessment, the White House staff would have to be replaced with a new, reform-minded staff.]

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To the editor

According to this article,( Washington Post Dec. 6, 2005, U.S. Is Given Failing Grades By 9/11 Panel,) the federal government received failing and mediocre grades yesterday from the former Sept. 11 commission." The panel "issued a report card that included 5 F's, 12 D's and two "incompletes."

In light of this disappointing report card, it is recommended that the government remove itself from the distraction of Public Education immediately, and return to the business of homeland security, wars, social welfare, healthcare, social security, and other issues needing significant attention and improvement.

If these grades don't come up, we are all going to be in big trouble.

Anne E. Levin Garrison

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