Some interesting goings-on in Washington:
Dozens in GOP Turn Against Bush’s Prized ‘No Child’ Act
By Jonathan Weisman and Amit R. Paley
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, March 15, 2007
This article starts out with this news flash:
More than 50 GOP members of the House and Senate — including the House’s second-ranking Republican — will introduce legislation today that could severely undercut President Bush’s signature domestic achievement, the No Child Left Behind Act, by allowing states to opt out of its testing mandates.
I, like many, am not entirely against NCLB. I just wish the testing parts were more prescriptive and timely – were used less to point fingers and more to actually make substantive changes – there was less testing overall – and that some of the money came straight to schools to fund some innovative approaches that allowed teachers at the local and site level some say in how things are done, along with the money to actually-really try them, instead of only psuedo try them so they are doomed to failure like we have done ad naseum. This might actually lead to teachers being able to conclude that this did or didn’t work and we need to do it differently – NOT, well this didn’t work but that was because we didn’t have the support or funding to do it right.