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[Susan notes: Great list of people who should follow the NCLB model and achieve 100% success.]

Submitted to San Diego Union-Tribune but not published

To the editor

As Ruben Naverrette reminds us ( Sunday, September 30, 2007), we need to

stand firm on No Child Left Behind, which holds schools accountable for

bringing all children to grade level in reading and math by 2014. In fact,

his enthusiasm and righteous indignation should inspire us to go further.

By 2014 we should require that:

Lawyers will win all their cases

Doctors will cure all their patients

Clergymen will save all souls

And, by the way, U.S. presidents win all wars with 100% of the troops

returning home safe and sound.

After all, shouldn't all these professional groups be as accountable to

the American people as teachers and school administrators? If, not, as

Naverette says, "We'll all pay the price--and for many years to come."

Joanne Yatvin

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