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District’s chief takes stance on No Child

Superintendent Brian Smith notes that "every Indiana school will fail the act’s standards by 201," but then says, "We're not out to torpedo No Child Left Behind." Why not? Maybe Indiana educators should torpedo NCLB before it torpedos them.

By Ashley Rhodebeck

The Southwest Allen County Schools board began drafting its position on the No Child Left Behind Act on Tuesday and set a goal to finalize its stance this summer so the board can send it to government officials and other school districts.

“We’re not out to torpedo No Child Left Behind,” Superintendent Brian Smith said as he introduced his rough draft, “but it needs to be fine-tuned to meet the needs of our students.”

Smith predicted every Indiana school will fail the act’s standards by 2015.

The act becomes problematic, he said, because it wants all children to progress at a similar rate, yet certain groups such as special needs students need extra time.

Similarly, the act requires students whose native language isn’t English to pass a standardized English test within a year.

More time is needed, Smith said, for those students to improve their reading, speaking and writing skills.

Smith said even the law’s requirement to have “highly qualified” teachers – teachers who majored in or are licensed in their fields – will negatively affect students, including those at SACS’ alternative high school, because their teachers provide a general education.

School board members applauded Smith for his draft and planned to make their own revisions for the next meeting.

Improvements OK’d

The school board also approved a $347,927 bid that includes the following projects: expanding the Haverhill Elementary parking lot, paving an asphalt path for Lafayette Meadows Elementary’s environmental area, adding 80 parking spaces to Homestead High School’s front parking lot and redesigning traffic flow for drop-offs.

arhodebeck@jg.net

— Ashley Rhodebeck
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
2006-06-07


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