No Crappy Law Left Standing
The bill also specifically repeals language currently in the law that makes specific reference to adherence to NCLB.
Let's be clear, NCLB has made a bad situation much worse. It is a turkey that mandates a cookie-cutter approach to children, teachers, school districts that is antithetical to local control, and lays the groundwork for even more direct, heavy-handed government intervention when schools fail under this deliberately underfunded (read sabotaged) regime.
Teachers don't like it. Parents don't like it. Liberals don't like it. Conservatives don't like it. In 2005, Utah Republican Governor John Huntsman was the first Governor to sign a law allowing his state's schools to ignore NCLB provisions that conflict with state law. From commondreams.org:
NCLB also generated lawsuits from districts in Vermont, Michigan and Texas, plus National Education Association chapters in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah - which famously prompted Bush Education Secretary Rod Paige to publicly call the NEA a "terrorist organization."
Sure it comes with badly needed federal money, but not enough to matter in any meaningful way, when compared to the damage it does.
And I don't care that Ted Kennedy co-sponsored it. Nor do his excuses and scapegoating get him off the hook for adding his name to this fiasco foisted upon American families. Big shout out to Ayer and Giard for taking the bull by the horns on this one.
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