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[Susan notes: It is a good letter--though I'd rather parents log on to the Educator Roundtable site and work to demolish NCLB.]

Published in Pantagraph.com

To the editor

This letter is to all of the parents with children in grades 3-8. Have you seen what they have been doing since they got back from the holiday break? Have you asked them what they did today in school?

I have and every day I get the same answer: practicing for the SATs (Illinois Standards Achievement Tests).

Normally I would think the tests would have been given the next week or maybe even the week after. Not anymore! Three months have passed and my children have not been taught the things that they go to school for. Three months of practicing for tests.

In 2002, Mr. Bush passed the No Child Left Behind Act. Sounds great until you realize what it really means to our children.

For the past three months, they have been nothing more than statistics for our state and the schools they represent that want to receive the already well-deserved grant money allocated to them.

You see the way it works is, if a school does not turn in high enough scores, the school does not receive its grant money because as the NCLB Act quotes: ``They are not making adequate yearly progress.'' Therefore, the school does not get its due rewards.

I urge that parents log onto the National Education Association's Web site and join us to help fix this and ensure that our children are getting the best possible education that they deserve.

Autumn Thrasher

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