[Susan notes: Gary Doyle sent this letter to all of the Democratic presidential candidates. Please let his letter be inspiration to you to write the candidates, members of the Congressional education committees, your local Congressional representatives, your local newspapers, and urge everyone you know to do likewise. Like Doyle, you should emphasize that more funding is NOT the answer.
To the editor
The problems with NCLB are far deeper than the simplistic notion that "it can be fixed with more funding" suggests. NCLB is an unwarranted federal intrusion into our classrooms. Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution states very clearly that public education is a state, not a federal responsibility. Policymaking must happen at the local level, not in Washington DC and in corporate offices. NCLB needs to be dismantled. Efforts to restructure this legislative travesty are a waste of time, and will only further delay and hamper meaningful school reform.
America needs a leader who has the common sense to empower teachers, parents, administrators and local school boards to become the primary architects of school reform. We need a leader who understands that NCLB and other bureaucratic intrusions move us away from creating dynamic learning environments that will optimize student learning. It is my hope that a presidential candidate will step up to this important challenge and articulate a truly compelling vision for our schools, while speaking out forcefully against the re-authorization of NCLB.
Gary M. Doyle
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