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July 02, 2004

They really don't know why they hate it

Dear President Bush,

I've wanted to commend you for a long time now for spear-heading the "No Child Left Behind" Act. I'm a 24 year old teacher, working in an inner city Charter School in Cincinnati.

Thank you for requiring schools to indicate annual yearly progress amongst diverse populations. No longer will rich white schools be able to allow their achieving white students to “pad” the scores and thereby hide the scores of their failing minority peers. We need to know if school districts aren't educating our Hispanic and African American youth, and the AYP breakdown will help this.

Thank you for requiring teachers to be highly qualified. Incompetent instructors will not create the results our children so badly need.

Yes, there are many teachers out there who hate it, but I'll let you in on a little secret; they really don't know why they hate it. I've watched on T.V. as large groups of Kerry supporters cheered as he bashed NCLB. These unknowledgeable citizens get their uniformed bias from the democratic teaching unions who oppose it on the principle of political bias. If they were only to drop their preconceived misconceptions, and investigate it a bit, they'd realize all of the positives that will come from this law.

Thanks and God Bless,

Jayson
Age 24
Cincinnati, Ohio

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