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No Child Left Behind is a law that needs leaving

We, the members of VSSE, appeal to all educators, parents and citizens in Vermont to stand together in creating a movement to resist the usurpation of local control by the Federal government and by repudiating the mandates of NCLB.

by Alis Headlam
for Vermont Society for the Study of Educaiton


At a recent meeting of the Board of the Vermont Society for the Study of Education it was decided to take a position on No Child Left Behind because of what we see as its debilitating effects on our public schools and on the children they serve. We are especially concerned about recent developments that have placed Vermont in the position of being on a watch list of states “in need of improvement”. Vermont is a state that has held its schools, teachers and children to high standards. In fact, it is these high standards that makes it difficult to meet AYP year after year. Other states with lower standards and have less trouble now will experience difficulty in the future. Eventually, it is likely that no states will be in full compliance with NCLB. How far can the bar be raised before it is out of sight? How many tests and how often should children be tested when it takes away from teaching? Vermont as a state has done well to conform to NCLB regulations while still maintaining a high degree of individualism and creativity. It is time to stand up for the hard work that our schools, teachers and children do.

We, the members of the Vermont Society for the study of Education, call for an end to the repressive regime of No Child Left Behind. It is an oppressive act that has created an atmosphere of fear in our schools and placed undue stress on administrators, teachers and children. On June 28, 2006, a letter from the US Department of Education officially placed the Vermont State Department of Education and all of its educational institutions under Mandatory Oversight with a list of evidence that Vermont must submit in order to meet the requirements of Title I. The emphasis is clearly on using more Standardized Testing than on productive learning. Further testing of students as required by this mandate will only serve to broaden the scope of fear that is already handicapping our educational programs by limiting teacher effectiveness. No Child Left Behind handcuffs our educational institutions so much that all of our children suffer. We, the members of VSSE, appeal to all educators, parents and citizens in Vermont to stand together in creating a movement to resist the usurpation of local control by the Federal government and by repudiating the mandates of NCLB.

Anyone who wishes to know more about VSSE can contact us at: P.O. Box 186, Brandon, VT 05733

Alis Headlam
Senior Fellow
The Vermont Society for the Study of Education
Brandon

— Alis Headlam for the Vermont Society for the Study of Educaiton
St. Alban's Messenger
2006-08-18


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