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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:39 AM

California fails to win waivers from restrictive No Child Left Behind education law

http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_22255903/california-fails-win-waivers-from-restrictive-no-child



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Signaling that California again is marching to its own drum -- perhaps trailing the parade -- the federal government has denied the state's request for a waiver from a key U.S. education law, thus assuring that schools will have to keep striving to meet what's generally accepted as unachievable goals, then be punished for missing them.

Like other states, California had been hoping to win a reprieve from the restrictive provisions of the No Child Left Behind law. Among other terms, the law punishes schools and districts if not enough of their students reach proficiency in English and math.

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The sticking point for the Golden State was whether it was willing to evaluate teachers based in part on how well their students do on standardized tests.

California, pressed by politically strong teachers unions, has resisted.

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Starry Messenger Dec 2012 OP
Smarmie Doofus Dec 2012 #1
Starry Messenger Dec 2012 #2
duffyduff Dec 2012 #3
knitter4democracy Dec 2012 #4
Igel Dec 2012 #5
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #7
LWolf Dec 2012 #6

Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:42 AM

1. Only an era as brain-dead as George W's could have produced such mindless legislation:

>>>The law has required that a certain percentage of students test proficient in English and math. That percentage has increased annually; by 2014, every student -- including the learning-disabled, poor and English learners -- must reach proficiency.>>>>

Did Bush even know that these categories *exist*? Much less the complexities involved in educating them?

( Does Obama? Does Duncan?)

What about profoundly retarded, multiply handicapped, non-verbal kids? Will their schools be closed if they don't achieve 100% proficiency?

I wonder which Democrats voted with the GOP to enact this idiocy.

I'm guessing: the same DEMs who were persuaded by "WMDs. WMDs !!!!!" and helped launch that other never-ending W-era holocaust.

Thanks, triangulators. Your collaboration keeps our corrupt system operating at peak efficiency.

Merry Christmas.


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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:01 PM

2. Merry Christmas indeed.

Did you see the part where they might grant waivers to individual districts that decide to play ball? Fucking miserable. It's a braindead law created by right-wing heartless slugs. It's makes the word "Kafkaesque" a cliche'.

I was glad to see Torlakson *and* Brown pushing back. Torlakson is great, Brown can sometimes be inconsistant on education, to say the least...

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:05 PM

3. The problem is RTTT is ten times worse than NCLB n/t

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:11 PM

4. The point is to close the schools.

Everyone in every school is to get to 100% proficiency in all areas--and then get better the next year. After 3 years of no progress, even if you're at 100%, that starts the process to close a school.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 05:35 PM

5. It had two fathers.

Ted Kennedy was the other one.

Not usually considered a DINO, but I guess there's a frame of reference in which he can be seen as a right-winger.

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Response to Igel (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:50 PM

7. No one gets everything right

NCLB was one of Teddy's mistakes. Doesn't tarnish his legacy though. We can still admire his body of work.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 06:01 PM

6. Good for CA.

What's the point in getting a waiver from one bad policy/law by adopting others just as bad and worse?

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