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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-20-07 02:31 PM
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What Every Parent, Teacher, and Community Member Needs to Know
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Edited on Fri Jul-20-07 03:11 PM by LWolf
About No Child Left Behind

By Elizabeth Jaeger, M.A.

28 pages of information covering the history, the goals, the implications, and more. If you haven't read this, please do. Then make sure your reps, and your primary candidates of choice, know that voters don't want it "fixed;" don't want it "funded;" voters want it abolished, and replaced by something that will not further the following agenda/s:


NCLB embodies four key principles stronger accountability for results, greater flexibility for states, school districts, and schools in the use of federal funds; more choices for parents of children living at the poverty level; and an emphasis on teaching methods that the federal government labels scientific. However, influential critics point out that the laudable goals of NCLB conceal an altogether different agenda.
First, NCLB is an unprecedented effort to expand the role of the federal government in education. The Constitution contains no provisions for influence in education. But, if states wish to benefit from federal education funding, they must comply with whatever regulations Washington imposes.
Since the politicians have set a goal of 100% student proficiency in reading and math by 2014, at least 85% of schools will eventually be declared failures. Even though parents know better, such public labels cause an erosion of trust in public education.

Who benefits from such mislabeling of public schools?

Advocates for dismantling of public education in favor of privatization
Advocates for vouchers
Advocates for a uniform, standardized business model curriculum which promises to deliver well-trained, compliant workers who understand their place in the Global Economy

NCLB is a law of enormous complexity. The following pages explain each major provision, providing examples of its impact on children, parents, and teachers.
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