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[Susan notes: This fine letter packs a punch. It is essential that we remind people that democracy is at stake.

And Cindy sent a copy to UFT president Randi Weingarten. Certainly, the union needs to be reminded.



jklein@schools.nyc.gov



rweingarten@uft.org]

Submitted to but not published
05/29/2008

Dear Chancellor Klein

Dear Chancellor Klein,



It's shocking to imagine that a teacher could be fired, demoted, or otherwise punished by the fact of eighth grade students standing up for themselves and for their own right to a good education. Obviously, Mr. Avella was doing something right, as his students put into practice a cardinal rule of a functioning democracy.



The standardized tests are worse than useless. They do not measure what they purport to measure, and they destroy classroom opportunity for meaningful learning.



When will you stand with our young ones and against the wealth-driven corporations whose propaganda seems to have fooled no one but those with the power to shovel taxpayer money into the pockets of the rich? Or maybe the propaganda hasn't fooled you. Maybe all those with power to embrace this standardized testing disease knew exactly what they were doing.



I am waiting for people who say they care about our children and their education to show the same courage as those eighth grade kids.



Sincerely,

Cindy Lutenbacher, Ph.D.

Morehouse College

Atlanta, GA

Cindy Lutenbacher, Ph.D.


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