Saturday, January 24, 2004

No Child Left unBothered - an Update

The White House continues to stand by its increasingly controversial policy act called "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB). However NCLB is accruing critics from across the political spectrum, as Republican politicians are beseiged by educators complaining that NCLB sets unrealistic standards and interferes with local schools (LAT).

WASHINGTON — President Bush's much-heralded education reform plan, his first domestic policy accomplishment and one of his most important, is in danger of becoming as much a liability as an asset in his reelection campaign, observers from both political parties say.

The 2002 law, known as the No Child Left Behind Act, has come under fire from school officials around the country as they labor to comply with its tough requirements and find the federal government is providing less money than the law promised.

"This is a big, big problem," said one House Republican, who spoke privately about being inundated with complaints from educators in his district. "The goals and requirements are just not attainable. It is going to hurt the president politically among school people, people who are elected to school boards, community leaders."

Read more about it at Oldman's posting "No Child Left Behind?".


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