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The No Child Left Behind Legislation: Fighting Back

Publication Date: 2002-09-07

The Vermont Society for the Study of Education is launching a series of public meetings throughout the state--to inform the public of the dangers of the No Child Left Behind legislation. We are flooding the schools and public meeting places with flyers. We post the press release for the first meeting here, hoping it will provide inspiration for other groups to do something similar in their communities. Silence is the enemy. We must speak up. Let us know of your efforts! If you want to help make the VSSE international, annual membership fees are $25. We welcome out-of-state members, who will receive our newsletter.



Press Release

Vermont Society for the Study of Education

P. O. Box 186, Brandon, VT 05733

Middlebury--The Vermont Society for the Study of Education will hold a public forum on the new federal "No Child Left Behind" Education Law at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury on Monday, September 16, 2002 at 7:00 p.m.

In this law, the federal government takes on unprecedented powers that have historically and Constitutionally been the responsibility of states and local governments.

This law will have a direct impact on the quality of your public schools. Particular areas requiring closer examination include:

*The measurement of children's learning by narrow standardized tests rather than through broader measures that embrace the development of good citizens and critical thinkers.

*The takeover of local schools labeled as "failing" under this act even though they could be performing at high levels.

*The imposition of vouchers and privatized schools.

*The requirement of "one size fits all" rote ways of teaching to the exclusion of a variety of teaching methods matched to the different skills and talents of individual children.

*The replacement of innovative and creative local practices with federal government bureaucracy.

*The exponential increase in unfunded federal mandates.

*The shift in powers away from local schools to the federal government in apparent violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.

Join your neighbors and members of the Vermont Society for the Study of Education in examining the primary features of this law and in discussing the implications. The forums will also consider the actions we need to take with our state and federal legislative delegation as well as our state, local and federal government agencies.

Addition Forums are scheduled at the Rutland Public Library at 7:00 p.m. on October 1, 2002, and at the Statehouse in Montpelier at 7:30 p.m. on October 30, 2002.


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