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Stay the Course, Senate Republicans Say


Some people predicted House Democrats would introduce an NCLB bill this week.

Wrong chamber and wrong party.

Sens. Judd Gregg and Richard Burr--both Republican members of the Senate's education committee--released their version of a reauthorized bill today. From the press release on Sen. Burr's site, it doesn't look as if they would change much.

They would keep most of Secretary Spellings' "core principles." That includes goals of proficiency by 2013-14, annual testing grades 3-8, focus on reading and math.

It also promises: "Additionally, the bill would streamline the accountability timeline to make it easier for schools to develop and implement plans to improve student achievement and to focus on what matters most—teaching and learning. It would also expand options available to parents and place a greater emphasis on teacher quality."

We'll know more about that when we can see the bill in the Congressional Record tomorrow.

P.S. The bill includes the Graduate for a Better Future Act, which I wrote about here.

P.P.S. Secretary Spellings likes the bill.


It is always good
to hear that quality standards for education under the NCLB Act are being reviewed for their

Where are the concerns for the
financial piece of legislation
that no other administration
put in place except the current

I am referring to Title I - Part A
subpart one Section 1118 of
the NCLB Act. (3. C. )

For the first time in history
it was man-dated that federal
dollars generated by the working
poor would be given to the local
level schools to support the reasonable and necessary expenses that
parents and the like incur when
attending school related
meetings and trainings.
It also covered that family
literacy as well as parenting skills
courses could be covered with these
valuable dollars.

It is the unspoken heart
of the NCLB Act.

Where is the legislation going
with that component for it does
need more teeth of accountability
for parents being included in
the decisions of how those
valuable dollars are spent.

The law is very clear
on how they support the
role of Parents yet with
no real remedy for what
happens when the law is not
followed, it becomes flowery
terms with no real meaning.

My recommendations for an
update to this section would
be to change the Section 1118
name to Partners Education
Including some clear
standards past the State
being the review agent
would also be great for
some obvious reasons
if one were to research
how many school districts
are actually informing
Parents and the like that
the money is at the
school and what can be done with it.

These funds can
be given to support
transportation /
child care cost when
parents volunteer at
the school and or
attend school related
meetings or trainings.

The name parent has gotten
a entire new meaning because
of the societal ills that
plague our communities today
and it is not just limited
to the poor.

It affects us all.

I would like to see more stringet accountability not soley based on test scores. Local education agencies need to be held more accountable for thier use of the economic resources they receive.

I beleive that a lot of the money that is recieved is poorly spent on programs, technology and other things that sits around and no one uses or knows how to use.

When NCLB first became law, almost NO educational publishers or content providers were prepared. Their marketing departments were quick to proclaim that their materials were NCLB solutions, and buzz words filled catalogs and promotional collateral, but in truth it was false.

Suspiciously, the first content and programs that "fit" NCLB came from friends of high-ups in the Deapartment of Education. For other educational publishers, it took months to understand the NCLB requirements, then up to 2 years or more to develop new content and programs that could truly help educators.

Failing schools? If they squandered the first 2 years purchasing ineffective programs, training, and content, and could not get the materials and pedagogical guidance that even began to solve NCLB mandates, no wonder Adequate Yearly Progress proved unachievable and unreasonable.

Unless educators and educational publishers influence and understand the provisions of the new Education Act BEFORE it becomes law, we may be doomed to walk the same road of frustration.

Ever since the passage of the law known as NCLB the Bush administration has been bragging about all the money they are adding to education spending, specifically to Title programs, my school district has been losing Title funding.
In 2003 we received $464,000.00 in Title funds, this year we will receive $284,000.00 with increased numbers of students in the programs and dramatically increased mandates from Federal and State government. Accountability for schools? Where is the accountability for goverment to provide the means to meet the requirements they impose on the schools? Could it be that they know that the 100% compliance (called for by NCLB) is impossible to meet and do to want to fund the law as a result?

I worry a bit about those making comments as their emails are full of misspellings. The education system must have failed to emphasize spelling when they were in school.
NCLB is not the answer. It's a huge pain in the neck that nobody in education likes. If NCLB must remain, then the change that needs to be made is separating out special education student test scores from regular ed. test scores so that schools are not flagged because of sub par sped kids' scores. I have nothing against special education, but it just doesn't make sense to allow a small segment of the population to skew test scores. It's simply not fair. I also do not like the idea that teachers are forced to teach to a test --- not good pedagogical practice in my book.

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