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Center for American Progress & Chamber of Commerce

John Podesta is President and CEO of Center for American Progress.

From: gerald bracey
Date: 9/23/2009 1:15:13 PM
To: jpodesta@americanprogress.org
Cc: dmarshak@seattleu.edu
Subject: CAP and Chamber

Reading that the Chamber of Commerce is leading the fight against President
Obama's proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency, a project I would
think CAP would enthusiastically endorse, I got to reminiscing about your
joint venture with the Chamber on Leaders and Laggards. I wondered if you
suffer any of what we might term "partner's remorse." Apparently, the
Chamber is taking a "death panel" approach to stopping the idea--lying and
frightening people with its lies.

So far as I can tell, the Leaders and Laggards' sole accomplishment was to
provide a quote in deathless prose from your talk at the report's rollout:
It is unconscionable to me that there is not a single state in the country
where a majority of 4th and 8th graders are proficient in math and reading."
This has allowed me to note in numerous publications and speeches that if
one maps NAEP results onto international test results, one finds that no
country comes CLOSE to having a majority proficient in reading and only five
do in math (only two in science).

I sure hope you guys don't contribute to the reauthorization of NCLB.


— Gerald Bracey


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