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[Susan notes:
Steve takes the lead in supporting the Texas teenager who has announced her refusal to take the state test.]

Published in
02/01/2003

To the editor


Dear Kimberly:

I first read about your humane act of conscience on Susan Ohanian's website (www.susanohanian.org) and have been looking forward to reading the February 1st issue of the San Antonio paper. Now I have a face to match with an act of courage.

Your actions are very inspiring.

We will post your story on the wall at the World of Opportunity for our students to read. Many of our students are keenly aware that students are not test scores, and you have made this point strongly.

Regardless of what retaliation the school takes against you, I hope you will remain strong and not lose faith in your convictions.

They can remove you from THEIR so-called talented and gifted program, but they can never take away YOUR talents and gifts; your uniqueness and your non-standardness; your spirit of resolve.

Wherever you end up continuing your education (and I hope you will be a lifelong learner), you will bring your talents and your disabilities because we all have them; students, parents, teachers, administrators, presidents, one and all.***

If worse happens to come to worse (and I've stared worse in the eye), please know that there will always be a chair reserved for Kimberly Marciniak to study for the GED and obtain your high school equivalency diploma at our World of Opportunity in Birmingham, Alabama.

Thank you for taking this stand, Kimberly. Yours is some truly inspiring news which we all need at this time in history.

Regards to your parents, Cathy & Robert. They must be so proud.

Warmest peacebuilding greetings,
Steve Orel
World of Opportunity

http://school.al.com/school/worldofopportunity

Steve Orel


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