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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-02-07 10:28 AM
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Education secretary says 'No Child Left Behind' faces political head winds
Margaret Spellings: 'No Child Left Behind' faces political head winds
Education secretary says the reform will be hard to reauthorize with '08 election reform.
By David Cook

posted November 02, 2007 at 9:52 am EST


There is growing doubt whether Congress will reauthorize the No Child Left Behind law in the waning days of the current session.

Even Education Secretary Margaret Spellings is tempered in her confidence. "I have worked hard to get a reauthorization," she told a Monitor-sponsored breakfast with reporters on Thursday. "The bad news is that we are attempting to do it ... on the eve of a presidential election." Congress is supposed to make revisions in the law and reauthorize it every five years.

Whether or not Congress changes the legislation through reauthorization, it will remain on the books and "is strong as mustard gas," Secretary Spellings said.

In her view, the 2001 law, which requires schools to track the progress of students in math and English, is a major domestic legacy of the Bush presidency. When asked about the argument that President Bush has few accomplishments to offset failure in Iraq and that his most lasting legacy will be a Supreme Court dominated by conservatives, Spellings said, "I completely disagree with the thesis." She added that No Child "has been a huge game-changer in American education."

Given the resignation this week of longtime Bush adviser Karen Hughes, Spellings is one of the president's few remaining Texas friends still holding top-level administration jobs. "I'm going to stay unless something horrible happens to me physically," she said.

When asked about running for statewide office in Texas, Spellings said she had not "ruled anything in or out." She quipped that after government service, reporters might find her running the "snack food association."

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http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1102/p25s01-usmb.html
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sutz12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-02-07 10:31 AM
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1. So now we're gassing our kids?
it will remain on the books and "is strong as mustard gas," Secretary Spellings said.


Nothing like comparing oneself to Saddam Hussein. :rofl:
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-02-07 11:10 AM
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2. I noticed that too.
Great choice of words. When I taught high school, some teachers referred to NCLB as Now Clinton Looks Better.

To babylonsister: this would be great in the Education forum, because it would stay on 1st page for days as opposed to minutes.
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-02-07 11:36 AM
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3. What burns me about this is that the "top tier" Dems are only looking at "reforming" NCLB
Not dumping it on the scrap heap for good, which is what needs to be done. This law isn't designed to help our kids, it is designed to tear down our public school system and replace it with an inferior, ideological and religion based private school system. Already effects of NCLB are starting to show up in colleges, with kids coming in who were taught to the tests and don't know a damn thing else.
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jcla Donating Member (369 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-02-07 12:38 PM
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4. Kill NCLB before it kills our kids!
Why anyone would want to reform this piece of garbage is beyond me!
Just like all of what Bush does this is a WMD ... for our schools and our children!
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