THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
RULES OF NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ARE CHALLENGED

Show ailing schools the money instead of showing struggling students the door

August 24, 2011

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I AM dismayed that the Globe continues to support the so-called No Child Left Behind law (“Don’t cut standards for No Child Left Behind,’’ Editorial, Aug. 22). According to studies done by researchers at Harvard and Boston College, this legislation has too often led to a variety of unfortunate consequences, including suspensions and expulsions of students who are predicted by high school administrators not to meet the testing standards.

It is cynical and illogical to attach funding for education to test scores. Rather than teaching to the test and pushing out students who do not test well, we need to ensure adequate funding for schools with fewer resources, to enable them to provide quality education.

Madeleine Cousineau
Roslindale