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Letters

October 29, 2006

Leopold displayed ignorance of schools

I had a chance to watch the county executive candidates' debate last Thursday and was simply amazed by state Del. John Leopold's lack of knowledge on education issues. I've been an educator for the past couple of years, and some of the points he made are just plain frightening.

First, he agrees with President Bush's failed "No Child Left Behind" plan. I think we educators all realize that "No Child Left Behind" has broadened the gap in educational equality rather than fixed some of our problems.

Second, he mentioned that he would like to see every child have an Individualized Educational Plan, currently in place only for special education students. Maybe Mr. Leopold doesn't recognize what an IEP is or what it means to us educators and students. Clearly, he doesn't realize the amount of administrative work required for each IEP.

This doesn't bode well for a man who touts wanting to cut unnecessary layers of bureaucracy in government, nor does it show compassion for the amount of work bestowed upon educators.

If he really wants to help improve education, maybe he should take the time to research the issues at hand.

Anna Eckenrod

Jessup

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