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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

November 2, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Superintendent of Public instruction

Don’t blame Bergeson for No Child Left Behind

This seems to be the year that good officials are being blamed for bad policies from the President George W. Bush administration. Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson is one of them.

When Washington state’s 1993 school-reform act was passed, the teacher’s union helped write the law. Now, because of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, the union is painting Bergeson Terry, as the enemy. [Bergeson’s challenger] Randy Dorn is [the union’s] hero.

Voters should know Bergeson is one of the most admired state superintendents nationally. She is smart and capable. She listens to teachers, students, parents, and policymakers. She has fought hard against the outrageous aspects of NCLB.

She puts the interests of children above all else. Many teachers like her and know she is on their side. Because of her leadership, Washington state is way ahead of other states in closing the achievement gap and in improving the quality of education for all students.

Every year, data shows progress is being made to ensure our schools serve all children. Our state needs to keep moving forward rather than regressing. Dorn will move us backward. Bergeson represents progress toward equitable education for all kids. When folks go to the polls on Tuesday, I urge them to vote for Bergeson.

— Catherine Taylor, Seattle

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