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. . .Some scholars go so far as to say there is something sinister in the administration's [NCLB] handiwork. It is an all-out federal intrusion into local control, charges Richard L. Allington, a professor of education at the University of Florida. In his latest book, Big Brother and the National Reading Curriculum: How Ideology Trumped Evidence, Mr. Allington argues that policymakers have distorted what is known about effective instruction to suit their own beliefs about how best to teach children.

"They can play all the semantic games they want, but state education officials are being coerced to buy particular tests and particular reading programs," he said. "If you aren't doing phonics their way, you aren't going to get funded." . . .

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— Kathleen Kennedy Manzo and David J. Hoff
Federal Influence Over Curriculum Exhibits Growth
Education Week
Feb. 5, 2003


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