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History Lessons: A Conversation with Dr. Chuck Pennacchio

Read the rest of the blog, and you'll see that this Democrat isn't afraid to say that "Democrats are afraid to stand up because of all the money they're taking from Wall Street, and that money is literally buying up their voices and buying up their capacity to stand up and represent you." He also outs MoveOn as being "willing to sell out just to secure a place at the table with the Democratic Party."

By Natalie Davis

ND: Another issue - education: As you know, many, many children have been left behind in the past six years. What is your plan for dealing with education in the state of Pennsylvania?

CP: From the federal-level perspective, I would seek to overturn the No Child Left Behind legislation. Here, we should give kudos to Paul Wellstone for being the first to call the Bush Administration on using it as a ruse for dismantling public education. To this day, I see it as their intent. So, at the federal level, I would seek to overturn No Child Left Behind, an underfunded mandate that forces educators - and I'm an educator - to teach children nothing more than how to take standardized tests. It really is a sham. It's a cruel attempt to destroy our public education system, which needs more support, not legislation that enacts retribution measures against schools that don't pass or don't have enough students who pass arbitrary exams.

— Natalie Davis


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