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[Susan notes: Cutting through the corporate-politico rhetoric, a student speaks out for many. The gets to the heart of the money. Will any politico have the nerve to stand up and answer her question?]

Published in Spokesman Review

To the editor

I am a student at Mead High. I have some learning challenges and I work very hard to get good grades. I have a 3.2 GPA and got a C in geometry. I have passed all the WASL tests except the math. (I have A's and B's in everything else.) I have struggled my whole life with taking tests and getting through math. I spend at least four hours every night doing my work, because of my challenges, but I do it! I have wanted to quit so many times because of the WASL.

When the governor signed legislation to eliminate the math section of the WASL I finally thought that all my hard work would be worth it because I could graduate. Now we have to take "segmented math"/regular math and pass with an "A or B" in order to get the "alternative" Certificate of Achievement (what's so bad about a "C"?).

Not everyone is a genius. Most of us are just average. Some of us have challenges since birth to contend with. So someone please tell me why we should bother staying in school when all you do is put us down and make us feel ignorant and inferior?

Adrianna E. Hall

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