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Peggy raises a very serious issue. Why is her union--and most of the others--so silent about the big business threat to schools? Ask them!

Please note that Peggy says: they edited out what I consider to be the most important part of my letter. I had included information about Visiting Professionals and H. Mcgraw's appeal to Congress to add more than 65,000 visas; I pointed out that our jobs were in danger of being "outsourced." ]

Published in New York Teacher

To the editor

Stand up to big business, say 'no' to NCLB

If you lack enthusiasm for the beginning of a new

school year, perhaps it is not due to being a year

older. Consider the stresses involved with an unfair,

unrealistic and punitive law, which has little to do

with learning or ending the achievement gap. NCLB is a

law that was set up to benefit the test companies, not

students or education.

This law has made many teachers feel inadequate and

powerless to teach what we know to be best practices.

Many teachers have retired early rather than cope with

another repressive year jumping through the

ever-changing requirements of NCLB. NCLB is due to expire.

Now is the time to say "no" to reauthorization

of NCLB.

Harold McGraw, chairman of a powerful, big business

group, the Business Roundtable, and CEO of the leading

test and textbook publishing company, has used his

considerable influence to persuade Congress to

reauthorize NCLB.

This will mean more testing, more unrealistic demands

and less teacher control over curriculum. It also

means that, as we get closer to 2014, Adequate Yearly

Progress and the impossibility of 100 percent

proficiency, more schools will be labeled as failing.

Ask union leaders to stand for members and up to big

business. Say "no" to NCLB!

Peggy McCartney

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