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The current Administration has unleashed a pack of dogs that is the educational equivalent of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse. Instead of emphasizing capacity building, support and encouragement, the administration favors fear, punishment, public humiliation and intimidation.

Despite a dismal track record in Texas complete with under-reporting of drop-outs and manipulation of test results, the architects of NCLB will not be satisfied until the same brand of "reform" spreads across the land.

NCLB/Helter-Skelter is about the destruction of public schools and labor unions, the deregulation and privatization of education.

NCLB/Helter-Skelter is about dropouts, pushouts, the narrowing of curriculum and low-wage employment. It is about survival of the fittest, greed and rash experimentation.

The true agenda is not the improvement of existing schools.

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Fear, punishment and intimidation are fundamentally un-American strategies to bring about change.

The "father knows best" approach to school reform imposed by Washington is undemocratic and authoritarian in its forms, its substance and its consequences.

The rights of local school districts, states and children are being trampled on a daily basis as Washington seeks to impose a harsh new regime laced with ideology and cleverly concealed privatization agendas.