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September 8, 2014 at 11:34 AM

No Child Left Behind is punitive

Our public schools educate an incredibly diverse population of students, and provide services far beyond education, despite a continuous decrease in funding [“Failing-school letters to go out, but not without districts’ retort,” Local News, Aug. 13]. The punitive nature of No Child Left Behind has given education neo-reformers the opportunity to get richer with their supposedly better charter schools and tutoring centers that only few can access, increasing segregation as a result.

The creators of No Child Left Behind worked on the assumption that all children come from homes that support education.

Why do you suppose test scores are higher in wealthier communities? Only when our country makes sure all children come to school well rested, fed, clothed and cared for at home will we truly be able to leave no child behind.

Martha de Carbonel Patterson, Silverdale

Comments | Topics: education, No Child Left Behind

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