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[Susan notes: This is a fine letter. We at the Vermont Society for the Study of Education also sent a letter. Personally, I have sent two.



I urge other individuals, coalitions, unions, professional organizations to do likewise.]

Published in Sent to Nebraska Education Commissioner
07/19/2006

To the editor

Doug Christensen, Commissioner

Nebraska Department of Education

301 Centennial Mall South

PO Box 94987

Lincoln, Nebraska 68509 - 4987



Dear Commissioner Christensen:



I recently read your letter on Susan Ohanian's website (www.susanohanian.org)

challenging the United States Department of Education's negative findings

of Nebraska's schools. I simply want you and your department to know

that our coalition supports your strong statements to the USDE. How true it

is that the NCLB law "has yet to demonstrate its good intentions." We have

seen only that this legislation dishonors and punishes educators at the altar

of slavish submission to programs and endless testing without a concern for our

children and the draconian consequences of de facto school segregation.



You also state that "it is time for USDE to be the partner it professes to be."

Perhaps the best way for the United States Department of Education to be

a partner would be to leave the education of our children to the several states

and to begin the process of cultivating an attitude of respect for the

professionals called to nurture the minds and hearts of the next generation.



Sincerely,











Don Perl, President

The Coalition for Better Education, Inc.

2424 22nd Avenue

Greeley, Colorado 80631

The Coalition for Better Education, Inc.


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