If Republicans have their way, No Child Left Behind will be… left behind. BAM! I’ll be here all week, make sure to tip your waitresses folks!
Back in 2002 the Bush Administration, with bipartisan support, created the program No Child Left Behind (NCLB) implemented accountability standards for American schools. Since then, NCLB has become a political mess. Parents, teachers, and administrators have been furious over the approach of punishing failing schools, putting them in a position of making it impossible for them to succeed, thus creating a vicious cycle of failure for many schools.
Republicans hope to change that. Their answer, to take the federal government out of the education system.
Republicans – Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) and Rep. John Kline (Minnesota) – plan to introduce new legislation to NCLB this year that would greatly decrease the federal government’s role in public education and create less focus on standardized testing. With both Sen. Alexander and Rep. Kline being the heads of their respective committees on education, the GOP feels they can get these new provisions on President Obama’s desk by this summer.
Earlier in his administration, President Obama ushered in new policies regarding NCLB by giving states more power to set standards for their local school districts. While the administration did receive much praise for that move, it also received criticism over the addition of a waiver policy for NCLB which many say encourage the expansion of the Common Core standards (an educational initiative that details the specific skills students from K-12 should know).
In the past the Obama Administration has been steadfast on preserving annual testing and provisions that push for equal access to K-12 education in America. However these conservative measures to NCLB do overhaul the parts of the 2002 education intuitive that many people, especially parents and teachers, have had trouble with for years. Even if the Obama Administration wanted to veto these new provisions, with so much recent pushback on NCLB standards, they might have no other choice but to let it pass.
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