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Majority of states lining up to ditch No Child Left Behind

  1. Stacie L profile image88
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    Majority of states lining up to ditch No Child Left Behind

    Educators say Bush-era law leads to counterproductive 'teaching to the test'
    States are lining up to drop out of No Child Left Behind, the education initiative that was promoted as a historic achievement of the Bush administration.

    Since President Barack Obama announced last month that he would sign an executive order allowing states to request waivers from mandatory participation in the program, at least 27 have signaled that they will ask to opt out, and most others are reviewing their options.

    Obama said states could seek waivers as long as they adopt higher standards than those mandated under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as No Child Left Behind is formally titled. The Education Department said most states had already done that, presumably making them eligible for waivers.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44693695/ns … on_nation/
    I agree with this...as the teachers were forced to teach to the test and it was counterproductive

    1. kirsib profile image56
      kirsibposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I'd like to be explained what this means in plain English? Now kids can be kept in same grade twice without penalizing school? Or is it about something totally different? All school funding has gone to the pipes here in PA last few years and I'm not sure what to expect next

      1. SpanStar profile image62
        SpanStarposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        As I heard the President explain it or at least some portion of it.  School that can come up with the best method of teaching children creativity-(meaning get them interested in learning) rather then teaching to simply how to pass test, the better the schools approach at developing and implimenting that plan then the government is willing to shell out the money to those school so that America can once again demonstrate we can be a well educated nation again. (As I understand it)

  2. arizonataylor profile image82
    arizonataylorposted 5 years ago

    How is the government going to measure this?  Are they going to use another test?