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[Susan notes: It is good to see a parent speaking out in such strong, clear specifics.]

Published in Louisvillel Courier-Journal
03/22/2007

To the editor





For the last six years, the disastrous No Child Left Behind Act has left hundreds of thousands of children behind. Now, Republicans are even turning against NCLB.



From its incestuous contracts with suppliers to its ridiculous mandates, it has been almost a total failure, and a very expensive one at thatâ€Â¦.



My son attends Meyzeek Middle School, and through the hard work of the administration, faculty and parent organizations, the "resides" kids (the ones who live in the neighborhood) have made great strides every year.



The school has well-organized after-school and tutoring programs and evening programs for families. I have never seen a group of teachers and others work so hard to make sure these kids don't get left behind.



So, it's ironic that Meyzeek is losing funding next year because it couldn't bring its across-the-board test scores high enough. What hypocrisy.



Meyzeek is a perfect example of what works when a school resembles the real world with a diverse student population. Instead, it's being punished for not resembling a middle class neighborhood school.



Pam Gersh


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