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So What Happened

In the fall of 2004, the Civil Society Institute launched an anti-NCLB site with great fanfare.

Welcome to www.NCLBgrassroots.org , a website to monitor how communities across the nation are meeting the challenges of the No Child Left Behind Act, our country's far-reaching federal law on K-12 education.

On January 8, 2002 , President George Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act, expanding the federal government's role in education with mandates that every public school be assessed by uniform testing standards. While the law's goals of improved student achievement and school accountability have been embraced by many, there is growing concern that NCLB's implementation and its emphasis on labeling schools as failures undermine children's learning and weaken local control of schools.

Our goal at www.NCLBgrassroots.org is to capture the sentiments of the growing concern by tracking news articles from every state on how their communities are faring under the No Child Left Behind Act. We will also highlight articles on some of the law's key controversial issues, including the Federal role in Education Policy, the Narrowing of Curriculum, Teacher Flexibility, Class Size, Funding Burden, and Standardized Tests.

Now if you click on latest news, you get this message:

This site will no longer track news and reports on NCLB and its effects at the local level. The opposition to this misguided law has spread throughout the country and it is time for an evaluation of the impact this punitive approach to education reform is having on the nation's children, the quality of their learning, their teachers and their families. If the goal is to inspire the next generation of learners to lead the nation toward a deeper democracy and a more creative and vibrant economy, NCLB will accomplish neither. We stand firm in our belief that it is the responsibility and perogative of local communities with Administrators, teachers and parents collaborating to nurture children's native intelligence and joy in learning.

For news of its education projects, the Civil Society Institute website refers the viewer to its Results for America website. There one sees the injunction Check out our website about NCLB! which leads one to the above message. The website shuffle offers no explanation.

— NCLBGrassroots.org
Civil Society Institute


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