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Texas GOP Says 'Get Rid of NCLB'

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What do the NEA, the AFT, and the Texas Republican Party have in common?

They all want to get rid of NCLB. Anyone reading my blog or Vaishali Honawar's knew where the teachers' unions stand. But if you read this item on the Dallas ISD blog (link via Russo), you'll learn that the Texas GOP believes that NCLB is "a massive failure [that] should be abolished."

One Texan is still a true believer, though. At a Business Roundtable event yesterday, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings gave a vigorous defense of the law.

"We're going to hear a lot of wolf-in-sheep's-clothing kind of discussion about things that sound good ... but either we're not ready for or represent a gutting of accountability," she said. "I think we need to watch the fine print and hold true, real, meaningful, understandable accountability."

"Say Amen," she added. A few people did.

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Why are we trying to fit all children into one place? The NCLB tries to make all pegs fit into the round holes although many are square. We are testing children beyond endurance and the pressure is horrible for them. Teachers have more and more paperwork to do and live in fear of not measuring up to the point that some cheat, and many become ill with stress. What are we doing to teachers and children in our society? Each day there is more and more added to a teacher's load, as well as a child's. Will it end? Doesn't look like it.

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