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[Susan notes: Yahoo! Here is a very timely letter. We owe Stephen Krashen many many thanks for his relentless pursuit of truth, not to mention strategic placement.]

Published in Chicago Sun-Times

To the editor

No Child hasn't worked

The Monday commentary [''Here are three kids left

behind"] points out that since the No Child Left

Behind law passed, there has been no improvement for

high schoolers in Chicago. This isn't the only test No

Child has failed.

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings claims that

scores on the National Assessment of Educational

Progress reading tests are at all-time highs, but the

improvement took place before No Child was

implemented. On an international reading literacy test

given to fourth-graders, American children scored 542

in 2001 and 540 in 2006. No Child hasn't worked,

despite billions of dollars spent and an incredible

amount of time wasted in school.

Stephen Krashen

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