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[Susan notes: 3 cheers for Shelley Anderson for pointing out that laudable as it may be, a good breakfast isn't going to fix the WASL failure rate.]

Published in Spokesman Review
03/06/2007

To the editor

Michelle Weinbender's letter of March 4 is like putting a Band-Aid on a bleeding artery ("Breakfast key to WASL success"). The WASL is a flawed system and test. Breakfast will not fix the problem of this high-stakes disaster. A recently released report shows a 52.3 percent failure rate for white students, 66.8 percent failure rate for minority students, 73.1 percent failure rate for low-income students, 88.6 percent failure rate for special education students and 91.4 percent failure rate for ELL students (Parent Empowerment Network). Breakfast isn't going to fix these numbers.



Sure, breakfast is a wonderful thing, but don't think that putting a Band-Aid on the child is going to stop the system from bleeding. Basic education in this state is in danger. The state Legislature is currently considering several bills that would in some way either postpone or remove the graduation requirement.



You want to help kids with the WASL? Call your legislative hotline and tell them to dump the WASL and get back to basic education and full funding of our school districts as required by law. Stop bleeding the system and educational dollars on this failed experiment. The hundreds of millions already spent would have bought a lot of breakfasts.

Shelley Anderson


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