No Child Left Behind might just get… left behind! [RIMSHOT]
Over the past decade, the No Child Left Behind initiative (NCLB) has been one of the most hot button issues in American politics. Some look at NCLB as a much needed accountability measure for schools and educators, which measures their effectiveness through regular standardized testing. For others, NCLB might as well be this for schools…
The two biggest concerns that critics always had over NCLB were its blanketed rules when it came to state testing standards and the over-reliance of standardized testing. Last week the Senate aimed to fix at least one of those grievances.
In an 81 to 17 vote, the Senate passed legislation that would replace elements of the NCLB act called Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA). While the new ECAA legislation still centralizes around standardized testing to measure school achievement, when it comes to who sets those standards however, state’s now have more choice in the goals they set for their school districts. The changes range from states having more to say in setting testing standards for certain areas to deciding if other factors should play into testing standards (ie poverty level of students, past test scores, ect).
Even though the new ECAA legislation was a bipartisan effort in the Senate, much like how parents feel when their child decides to drop out of college and become an improve comic, both Democrats and Republicans were disappointed with the education bill.
Liberal Democrats, along with civil rights groups, feel the ECAA measures don’t go far enough when addressing concerns with failing schools in disenfranchised school districts. There are even a few Democrats that believe the ECAA legislation swings school standards too far away from federal accountability that makes states deal with failing schools and not just abandoning them. Republicans on the other hand, feel the law is too liberal by having some of the federal standards from NCLB still present in its accountability measures. There is so much dissent from House Republicans that there are legitimate questions whether it will pass the House. Considering House Republicans barely passed the ultra-conservative Student Success Act back in July, there are real questions if the ECAA will even reach the president’s desk.
The ECAA might be one of those rare pieces of legislation that passes Congress because both sides decide that a bill they’re not too fond of is better than a bill that they might absolutely hate.
It’s legislative compromise through political pettiness!
Who says the system doesn’t work?
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