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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

NCLB Vote Coming Up

This article was in Tuesday's NY Times. A new bill for renewal is likely to be presented in September. Representative George Miller of California has been a champion of the law but sees the need for adjustments.

"In his speech, Mr. Miller acknowledged the many complaints about the No Child Left Behind law from school districts nationwide, saying: “Throughout our schools and communities, the American people have a very strong sense that the No Child Left Behind Act is not fair. That it is not flexible. And that it is not funded. And they are not wrong.” "

"In response to questions about his proposal for broadening the measures of student achievement, Mr. Miller said additional indicators of progress could include participation in Advanced Placement or college preparatory curriculums, high school graduation rates and statewide tests in subjects other than reading and math."

House Republicans seem wary of any changes that they feel would weaken the law. Interestingly, here's what Education Secretary Margaret Spellings had to say:

"The White House referred questions to Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, who hinted that the administration would rather see no bill at all than one that “rolled back the clock on school accountability.”

“While we all hope to see action on reauthorization soon, a comprehensive bill that has bipartisan support and holds firm to the goal of every child reading and doing math on grade level by 2014 is worth the wait,” Ms. Spellings said in a prepared statement."

2 comments:

Roy Smith said...

"The White House referred questions to Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, who hinted that the administration would rather see no bill at all than one that “rolled back the clock on school accountability.”

What happens to NCLB if it is not renewed this year?

Anonymous said...

On NCLB, see this site: www.educatorroundtable.org