Obama to Seek Sweeping Change in No Child Law
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 02:42:57 -0500
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February 1, 2010
Obama to Seek Sweeping Change in ‘No Child’ Law
By SAM DILLON
The Obama administration is proposing a sweeping overhaul of President
Bush’s signature education law, No Child Left Behind, and will call for
broad changes in how schools are judged to be succeeding or failing, as
well as for the elimination of the law’s 2014 deadline for bringing
every American child to academic proficiency.
Educators who have been briefed by administration officials said the
proposals for changes in the main law governing the federal role in
public schools would eliminate or rework many of the provisions that
teachers’ unions, associations of principals, school boards and other
groups have found most objectionable.
Yet the administration is not planning to abandon the law’s commitments
to closing the achievement gap between minority and white students and
to encouraging teacher quality.
Significantly, said those who have been briefed, the White House wants
to change federal financing formulas so that a portion of the money is
awarded based on academic progress, rather than by formulas that
apportion money to districts according to their numbers of students,
especially poor students. The well-worn formulas for distributing tens
of billions of dollars in federal aid have, for decades, been a
mainstay of the annual budgeting process in the nation’s 14,000 school
Peter Cunningham, a Department of Education spokesman, acknowledged
that the administration was planning to ask Congress for broad changes
to the education law, but declined to describe the changes specifically.
He said that although the administration had developed various
proposals, it would solicit input from Congressional leaders of both
parties in coming weeks to create legislative language that can attract
bipartisan support. Some details of the president’s proposals are
expected to be made public on Monday, when the president outlines his
$3.8 trillion budget for the 2011 fiscal year.
The changes would have to be approved by Congress, which has been at a
stalemate for years over how to change the policy.
Currently the education law requires the nation’s 98,000 public schools
to make “adequate yearly progress” as measured by student test scores.
Schools that miss their targets in reading and math must offer students
the opportunity to transfer to other schools and free after-school
tutoring. Schools that repeatedly miss targets face harsher sanctions,
which can include staff dismissals and closings. All students are
required to be proficient by 2014.
Educators have complained loudly in the eight years since the law was
signed that it was branding tens of thousands of schools as failing but
not forcing them to change.
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