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State senate to study No Child Left Behind further

Ohanian Comment: The politicos need to take a look at what NCLB is costing them. Vermont superintendent Bill Mathis has done a lot of work in this area.

BY Jim Sulllinber

TOPEKA - Kansas senators considered taking a step back Thursday from the federal No Child Left Behind Act but, in the end, decided against it.

After an hourlong public hearing, they agreed to recommend further study of the idea.

The Senate Education Committee was examining a bill to eliminate federal student proficiency requirements from the state's standards for accrediting schools.

In future years, schools could lose accreditation for failing to meet those proficiency requirements. The federal act requires all students in the nation to reach academic proficiency by 2014 on state assessment tests.

Educators testifying at the hearing agreed that this was impossible to achieve.

Sen. John Vratil, R-Leawood, the bill's author, said schools cannot force a student to achieve a proficient score on state assessment tests.

Lobbyists for the Wichita and Kansas City, Kan., school districts told senators they worried that schools would lose more than $170 million in federal aid if the bill became law.

— Jim Sulllinber
Wichita Eagle


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