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January 8, 2014

Education plansstill ineffective

Celebration schools are part of President Barack Obama’s Race to the Top, which is as profoundly ineffective as No Child Left Behind.

Our schools are not as bad as the business community would have it, but we do have trouble truly educating our children.

The only solution is equalizing funding, making sure poor districts have more money to work with. This would also close the achievement gap. (What teacher in his right mind would teach in a poverty-stricken district?).

Race to the Top continues to rely on a plethora of objective testing, which is no more effective in evaluation student performance than it is in measuring teachers.

Walter O. Jones

Lake Crystal

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