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Obama to Seek Sweeping Change in No Child Law

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  • David P. Dillard
    . Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 02:42:57 -0500 From: bbracey@aol.com Reply-To: Net Gold Listserv List To: NET-GOLD@listserv.temple.edu
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      Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 02:42:57 -0500
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      Subject: Obama to Seek Sweeping Change in No Child Law

      February 1, 2010
      Obama to Seek Sweeping Change in ‘No Child’ Law



      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.

      The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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