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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
03/11/2003
http://www.jsonline.com/news/editorials/mar03/124564.asp

To the editor


Sure enough, children are being left behind

Regarding the March 8 article "MPS trims summer school," this new law not only trims summer school, but is trimming the hopes and dreams of children everywhere. In all its hypocrisy, the "No Child Left Behind" law leaves yet another 12,000 children behind by eliminating them from Milwaukee's summer school.



In today's world of limited funding, the $10 million taken from summer school is disastrous. This is all done in the name of high-stakes testing - the testing that purports it can tell more about children's knowledge in a couple days than teachers can in 180 days plus 30 more for summer school.



Is this law being forced down our throats by the same people who purport to value local control of schools? Are they the same people who argue against big government intervention?



This does not mean go backward and ignore a child's need to learn to read. It means go forward to honestly assess, at the local level, the progress of children - the kind of assessment that gives feedback to teachers rather than politicians.



It's time to take back local control of schools so we can again teach the whole child.



Eldon Lee


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