WHAT DOES NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND MEAN?
What probably began with honorable intentions, to make sure all American
children have equal opportunities to have a quality education, has turned
into something quite different and possibly much more insidious.
President Bush's 1,200-plus-page No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was
signed into law on January 8, 2002. The $22.5 billion Act is the reauthorization
of the Elementary and Secondary School Education Act of 1965, the federal
government's education allocation. It sets new federal guidelines for
teacher and school accountability and low-performing schools. It also
pumps money into reading programs.
This education blueprint is supposed to:
The priorities in this blueprint consist of seven performance- based
- Increase Accountability for Student Performance
- Focus on What Works
- Reduce Bureaucracy and Increase Flexibility
- Empower Parents
I. Improving the academic performance of disadvantaged students
II. Boosting teacher quality
III. Moving limited English proficient students to English fluency
IV. Promoting informed parental choice and innovative programs
V. Encouraging safe schools for the 21st Century
VI. Increasing funding for Impact Aid
VI. Encouraging freedom and accountability The true title for No Child
Left Behind should be . . . Leave No Child Untested All children will
be tested annually in grades 3-8 in reading and math. The new law also
requires that beginning in 2007 states test students in science at least
once in each of three grade spans (3-5, 6-9, 10-12) each year.
It is really a massive federal power grab over education. The U.S. Constitution
prohibits the federal government from becoming involved in education yet
it has jumped in with both feet. It is also requiring high schools to
provide information about students to gather information to prepare for
the Draft. The bottom line on this Act is that President Bush has signed
it into law, and plans to work with Congress ? not teachers. But the responsibility
and the burden of implementation ultimately falls squarely upon the shoulders
of the teachers.